OCSA Charter Renewed by OCDE Instead of SAUSD

The Orange County Board of Education agreed at its meeting today to take over as OCSA's charter authorizer from Santa Ana Unified. Read more in the LAist article
US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Inspires OC Audience

Harjo, an author and performer who recently became the first Native American selected as Poet Laureate of the United States, drew a packed house as the featured speaker at the 11th annual Creative Edge Lecture. The event was held Friday, Feb. 28 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Read more here.
New CAC Program Offers Grants Up to $500,000

The California Arts Council has announced a new Innovations + Intersections grant pilot. This unique program offers funding for arts organizations to fuse technology or wellness into arts projects addressing society's most pressing challenges. Grant awards are available up to $500,000 - the largest in Arts Council history. Apply now - Letter of Intent deadline is April 14. Learn more here. 



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Cal State Fullerton Visual Arts Complex To Be Transformed

California State University, Fullerton is embarking on a $66 million project to remodel and modernize the buildings in its Visual Arts Department complex and to add another 4,500 square feet. The design team has been selected and the project is now scheduled for completion in December 2022. Read more here.
Russian Orchestra Denied Visa, Cancels Tour That Included Soka

The Siberian State Symphony Orchestra has canceled its 2020 U.S. tour, including a March 12 concert at Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo, after the group's application to travel to the U.S. was denied, Soka officials said Thursday, Feb. 13. Read more here.
Staff Versus Contract Workers: What AB5 Means to The Social Sector

Did you miss ArtsOC's workshop in December about the new employment law? AB5 continues to draw attention as its impacts are only beginning to be discovered by many nonprofit organizations. G3X, led by Zoot Velasco, will offer its March lecture on this topic free of charge, co-sponsored with Orange County Community Foundation & the Public Law Center, on March 17 at 9-10:30 AM, at The Village at 17th Street, 1505 E. 17th Street, Suite 104, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Reservations are required here.
Arts, Culture & Creativity Month Will Feature Arts Summit + Arts Advocacy Day in Sacramento

Join hundreds of fellow arts-concerned citizens from around the state on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 & 15 for an arts summit convening and for a day for advocacy at the capital in Sacramento. Details here.
Photos from Creative Edge Lecture Featuring Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo signing her new book "An American Sunrise" for UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts Dean Stephen Barker.

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