Nominations Now Open for the 2020 Orange County Arts Awards
The 21st Annual Orange County Arts Awards will take place on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  The nomination process for honorees is now open through March 1st. Details may be found here.

Arts Awards statuette: "The Spark of Imagination" by Christopher Schulz
Arts Community Deadlines & Events of Note - Winter/Spring 2020

15 - ArtsOC's City Arts Coordinators Roundtable Luncheon - Attendance limited to staff members of cities in Orange County. For inquiries contact Karen Ahola.

16 - ArtsOC Mixer for Members and Not-Yet-Members, 5-7 pm, admission free, Monkey Business Cafe, Pacific Symphony/OC Music & Dance Building, Irvine. RSVP here.

17 - Artist of the Year Nominations - Honoring Orange County student artists. A program of the Orange County Register in association with Chapman University College of the Performing Arts. More information here.

31 - Deadline for 2020 "Dia del Nino" Festival Proposals - Seeking visual and performing arts workshops and performers for the April 18-19, 2020 event at OC Fair & Event Center, presented by ArtsOC and Media Arts Santa Ana. More details here.


3 - Humanities for All Grants deadline, CalHumanities. Details here.

5 - ArtsOC's Museum Directors Roundtable Luncheon - Attendance limited to OC museum directors. For inquiries contact Karen Ahola.

17 - CalHumanities Quick Grants deadline. Details here.

28 - 11th Annual CREATIVE EDGE LECTURE featuring JOY HARJO, Poet Laureate of the United States, 10 am, Irvine Barclay Theatre, admission is free but reservations are required. Details here.


1 - Deadline for Nominations for the 2020 OC ARTS AWARDS. Details here.

2 - CalHumanties Library Innovation Lab grants deadline. Details here.

4 - ArtsOC's Choral Organization Leaders Roundtable - Attendance limited to leaders of OC choral organizations. For inquiries contact Karen Ahola.

16 - CalHumanities Next Gen Documentary grants deadline. Details here.

30-31 - National Arts Action Summit, Washington DC, presented by Americans for the Arts. Details here.


13-14 - Arts Impact Summit, Californians for the Arts, Sacramento. Details here.
followed on the 15th by - Arts, Culture & Creativity Day at the State Capitol, Californians for the Arts. Details here.


12-13 - CREATE CA - Arts Education Leadership Convening, Sacramento. Details here.


25-28 - Americans for the Arts 2020 Convention, Washington DC. Details here.



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Costa Mesa Arts Plan To Be Reviewed by City Council at Public Meeting on Tuesday, January 21

The City of Costa Mesa Arts & Culture Master Plan will be reviewed by the City Council at its regular Tuesday, January 21, meeting (meeting begins at 6 pm), and the public is encouraged to attend and share their comments. (When available, the Council Meeting Agenda, including the Plan document, may be downloaded here.) The process was begun in December 2017 and the Plan was approved by the City's Cultural Arts Committee and by its Parks, Arts & Community Services Commission last summer. The plan, which was prepared by Arts Orange County, is the culmination of a year-long input-gathering process that involved interviews with 78 stakeholders, 7 community conversations open to the public, and an online survey in English and Spanish that drew more than 1,000 respondents, under the guidance of an Arts and Culture Master Plan Subcommittee comprised of Cultural Arts Committee members and City Staff. In addition to outlining goals, objectives, timelines and estimated budgets, the Plan also includes an inventory of Costa Mesa's arts assets, including organizations, venues, and art in public places.
ArtsOC Mixer - January 16

New Direction for Talk Back Theatre

Talk Back Theatre (TBT) has announced that it is transitioning its bi-annual open call for staged readings into a quarterly playwriting prize. TBT's latest call for plays seeks full-length works that highlight inter-generational relationships. More details here. (Arts Orange County serves as fiscal sponsor for TBT.)
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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