New U.S. Poet Laureate Confirmed for Annual OC Lecture

The newly-appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo, has been confirmed as the speaker for the 11th Annual Creative Edge Lecture presented by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education. Admission to the lecture is free, thanks to generous underwriters of the event, and will take place on Friday, February 28, 10 am at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally known award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry and a memoir. Her many writing awards include the 2019 Jackson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the Ruth Lilly Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Full bio.
UCI Represented at Venice Biennale

STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) may be seen in action at this year's Venice Biennale, the celebrated international art exhibition, as UCI computer scientists bring an artist's work to life. More here.
Save the Date for ArtsOC's Summer Mixer!

Arts Orange County will hold its next mixer on Wednesday, August 28 from 5-7 pm in the Monkey Business Cafe next to its offices in the OC Music & Dance/Pacific Symphony building, 17620 Fitch, Irvine. Admission is free to all ArtsOC members (individual and board/staff/guests of organizational members) plus we invite "not yet members" to attend as our guests to learn more about us. Enjoy wine and cheese and good collegial company! Look for our upcoming email blast with more details and a link to RSVP.



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In Memoriam

Longtime Laguna Beach sculptor Ralph Tarzian has died at age 95. Obituary here.
In Memoriam

Longtime Santa Ana painter and Santora Arts Building artist Joseph Hawa has died at 83. More here.
Anaheim Writer Selected for NALAC's Leadership Institute
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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) has selected an Anaheim writer among 31 Latinx artists and cultural workers who will participate in its  Leadership Institute this month in San Antonio, TX. More here.
Planned Laguna Beach Developments May Benefit Two Major Arts Institutions
According to stories in the Daily Pilot and Laguna Beach Independent, Laguna College of Art + Design is exploring the possibility of moving its campus from its current location, which includes its main buildings and various other properties scattered in Laguna Canyon, to the property that currently houses the Hive near the Village Entrance. Additionally, Laguna Art Museum is reported to be considering a collaboration in the planned Museum Hotel project. These and four additional real estate development projects proposed by the Laguna Beach Co. received preliminary approval by the City Council. More at links above.
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