Federal Arts Agencies Slated for Increases in Current Year Budget  - But 2018 Remains in Question
Find Out More at ArtsOC's Briefing on May 10
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Arts Action Fund Executive Director Nina Ozlu Tunceli reported yesterday that "Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation's federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current FY2017 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017.  None of the nation's arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a budget cut. In fact, many of them received funding increases for this year."  These include $2 million increases for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

AFTA further reported that "Both chambers of Congress will next vote on this bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations bill before it proceeds to the President's desk for him to sign/veto by this Friday, May 5th.  Despite the President recently proposing funding cuts to many of these cultural programs (i.e. $15 million cut to NEA), it appears that he will sign the bill."


However, AFTA noted that "the FY2018 appropriations bill for funding the federal government from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 is still very much in play and going through the legislative process. This is the bill that the President recommended eliminating the NEA, NEH, IMLS, CPB, etc.  We remain focused on getting all of these agencies fully funded as well in the coming months."


ArtsOC wishes to remind you that it will host AFTA's Nina Tunceli here at our offices in Irvine on Wednesday, May 10, 3:30 pm for a FREE briefing on the status of federal arts funding and advocacy activities, as well as a report from ArtsOC's President & CEO Rick Stein regarding the status of state arts funding & legislation.  The briefing will be followed by a reception.  Please RSVP to Karen Ahola.

Two New Board Members Elected at Arts Orange County
At its  April Board meeting, Arts Orange County elected two new members: Thuy Vo Dang (above left) and Sara Guerrero.
Thuy is Archivist for the Southeast Asian Archive and Regional History in the UCI Libraries, leading its new Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC & SEAA). She was the inaugural Project Director for the Vietnamese American Oral History Project and Postdoctoral Fellow in UC Irvine's Department of Asian American Studies. Vo Dang was previously an Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow for UCLA's Asian American Studies Center. She holds a B.A. in Asian American Studies and English from Scripps College and M.A. and Ph.D in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego, where she specialized in race and ethnicity, oral history, cultural studies, immigration and refugee studies, and Asian American studies. She has taught at UCI, UCLA, UCSD, and Loyola Marymount University, and is a member of the Association for Asian American Studies, the Society of American Archivists, and the Southwest Oral History Association. In 2013 Vo Dang was featured in the OC Weekly's Inaugural People Issue as the "Studs Terkel of Little Saigon" and honored with the "Community Heroes" Award by the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance and Senator Lou Correa. In 2015 Thuy received the "Public Image" Award from Advancing Justice, Los Angeles. She is co-author of the public visual history book, Vietnamese in Orange County (2015).  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association since 2011.  She is curating the exhibition "After-Lives of War:  The Southeast Asian Archive Over 30 Years," appearing at UCI Libraries in May 2017.

Sara is the founding artistic director of the award-winning Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble - based in Santa Ana, and a professional theatre artist, educator, advocate and graduate of California Institute of Arts. She is a long-time faculty member of South Coast Repertory Youth Conservatory; guest director & mentor of UC Irvine's Brown Bag Theater Company; resident playwright of La Habra Children's Museum, faculty member of Orange County School of the Arts, guest artist at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and resident artist (with Breath of Fire) of Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Arts Center.  Sara was project director of South Coast Repertory's two-year Dialogos/Dialogue project and previously served for two years as coordinator of Arts Orange County's Dia del Nino festival.  In this month's issue of the national magazine AMERICAN THEATRE, Sara was featured as one of the "People to Watch."
Pacific Symphony Appoints Tim Mangan as Writer-in-Residence

Pacific Symphony has announced the appointment of Timothy Mangan, former classical music critic for The Orange County Register and founder of the blog ClassicalLife.net (created in 2006 to cover Pacific Symphony's European tour), to the newly created position of writer-in-residence. Mangan is an award-winning nationally renowned journalist who has an established reputation as a cultural thought leader and writes about music with deep knowledge and passion.
Symphony President John Forsyte says, "As writer-in-residence, Tim Mangan will be a collaborative partner in engaging current and new culture-seekers in innovative ways. He is well respected on the Southern California cultural scene and, in fact, on the national scene as well. We're looking forward to embracing his creativity and sharing it widely with our audiences."
Mangan joins Pacific Symphony after serving as The Orange County Register's classical music critic from 1998-2016. He is a contributor to Opera News and the Los Angeles Times, and has also written for the Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Musical America and Gramophone, among other publications. In 1999, he won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his writing on classical music. In addition, he is co-editor of Paul Bowles on Music, published by the University of California Press. In 2010, the Orange County Press Club named ClassicalLife the best blog in Orange County.   More details here.



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People in the News
Pacific Chorale will honor John and Elizabeth Stahr with the "Entrepreneur in the Arts" award.  The award is being presented at the Chorale's annual fundraiser, the Chairman's Dinner, on May 13.  More details here.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts will honor Charles Zhang, Principal Founder, Zion Enterprises, with its Distinguished Leadership Award at the fourth annual Arts & Business Leadership Awards Dinner on June 2. Being honored as a Rising Leader is Jesse Bagley, Founder, President & CEO of Interior Office Solutions. More details here.
The City Council of Laguna Beach has appointed that community's first official "Poet Laureate":  Kate Buckley. She has authored two books of poetry - "A Wild Region: Poems & Paintings" and "Follow Me Down" - and won multiple awards for her work, including a Gabehart Prize for Imaginative Writing for poetry and North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize.  More details here.
The Ocean Institute, Orange County's marine science, education, and maritime history center, located in Dana Point Harbor, announced the appointment of Dan Pingaro as its new president and CEO. Pingaro most recently served as executive director of Laguna Beach Community Foundation for three years. More details here.
Organizations in the News

Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) was one of 15 Santa Ana nonprofit organizations approved by the City Council for a share of its federal Community Development Block Gran funds.  OCCTAC was awarded $67,992 for its crime prevention and intervention program for Willard Middle School families.  More here.

Irvine Unified School District was among 527 school districts and 92 schools across the nation being recognized by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for their outstanding music education programs. In cooperation with researchers at The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, and based on survey results, The NAMM Foundation each year selects school districts to be recognized as being among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME)  More here.
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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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