ArtsOC's Public Art Inventory Continues to Grow

Begun several years ago through a grant from The Architecture Foundation of Orange County, Arts Orange County's Public Art Inventory is featured on its SparkOC website. More than 600 works are included and the list is updated monthly. The list is a reference tool for cities, scholars, and tourists and access to it is free of charge. If you know of art in public places in Orange County that do not appear on this list, please contact Nicholas Thurkettle in our office and we will make every effort to add it during the next update.
OC Community Foundation Announces Arts Grants

The Orange County Community Foundation has awarded $146,000 to 30 local nonprofit organizations dedicated to the enrichment of arts and culture programs and arts education. Funding will support programming, repairs to performing arts venues, education and workshops, youth scholarships and music camps. Grants are awarded from The San Clemente History, Arts & Culture Fund, The Robert J. & Doreen D. Marshall Fund for Dramatic Arts and Classical Music, and The Jane Deming Fund. More here.
US Senate Confirms NEA Chair Appointment

The United States Senate has voted to confirm Mary Anne Carter as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Carter had served as acting chairman of the agency since June 5, 2018 and becomes the Arts Endowment's 12th chairman since its inception in 1965. Prior to her appointment, Carter was engaged in public policy analysis, issue tracking, and corporate and campaign communications through her work as a public affairs consultant. More here.
Join Us for ArtsOC's Summer Mixer - August 28th

Arts Orange County members and "not yet members" will gather for a free mixer on Wednesday, August 28 from 5-7 pm in the Monkey Business Cafe next to ArtsOC's offices in the OC Music & Dance/Pacific Symphony building, 17620 Fitch, Irvine.  Enjoy wine and cheese and good collegial company! RSVP here.



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Hospitality Workforce Initiative Seeks OC Arts & Culture Participation

The Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) is planning to launch a hospitality industry workforce development campaign in early 2020. As part of this initiative, OCVA wishes to include the arts & culture sector, recognizing that there are visitor-serving career paths and employment opportunities at museums & galleries and organizations that produce and present the performing arts. The effort will target high school and community college students and will feature information and showcase speakers telling their stories about who they are, what they're doing and how they got there. If you or your organization are interested in participating in this initiative, please contact Courtney Wiercioch at Cornerstone Communications.
People in the Arts:
Appointed to Statewide Arts Board

Edmund Velasco has been elected to the Boards of California Arts Advocates & Californians for the Arts, sister organizations that work to build public will for arts support statewide. Velasco has served on the Executive Board for the Orange County Musicians' Union (Local 7, American Federation of Musicians) since 2003 and was elected Vice President in 2016, where he is actively involved in advocacy activities. A native Southern Californian, he began playing saxophone at age 8 and has become recognized as one of the top saxophonists in the region.
People in the Arts:

Steve Venz, who has served as Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator for the Orange County Department of Education for the past five years, has departed to take on the new position of Chief Program Officer/Chief Academic Officer for the national nonprofit, Little Kids Rock, working throughout the U.S. to restore and expand music education.
Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. 
It is a powerhouse in advancing Orange County's arts ecology, a trailblazer in advocating workforce development through arts education, a leader in building future audiences and a trendsetter in the world of nonprofit arts councils.

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