Camino Real Playhouse is Saved as it Becomes a Key Element in Developer's Proposal Selected by City of San Juan Capistrano

From the Orange County Register: "San Juan Capistrano is poised to sell a key downtown piece of land occupied by Camino Real Playhouse to a developer who has proposed a 250-seat performing arts center, shops, restaurants and underground parking for 240 cars. On a 3-2 vote, the City Council selected Frontier Real Estate Investment as the party it wants to deal with as it disposes of the city-owned playhouse building and an adjacent 68-space parking lot as part of the state's dissolution of community redevelopment agencies. The audience at the May 16 City Council meeting erupted into applause at the announcement of the council's selection. It came after a closed-door session of the council, deliberating which of four proposals for the land to accept...Frontier's proposal was the largest-scale proposal but also the only one that offered a full-scale performing arts venue - up to 350 seats if a balcony is included, plus a 60- to 100-seat "black box" theater, seen by supporters as a potential way to preserve Camino Real Playhouse as a cultural institution after more than 25 years in San Juan." Read more here.
ArtsOC's Stein Wraps Up 3 Terms as CA Arts Advocates President
ArtsOC's President & CEO Rick Stein has served for nine years on the Board of California Arts Advocates (CAA) and Californians for the Arts (CFTA), statewide sister organizations lobbying for the arts and building public will and support for the arts, the last three in the role of President. He will relinquish that position on June 15, but continue to serve on the Board. "It's been totally a team effort and I also had some big shoes to fill, following Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area, who was our president for five years," commented Stein. "During the last four years, CAA & CFTA adopted a new strategy, hired a new lobbyist, actively engaged with members of the state Legislature and built a collaborative relationship with the California Arts Council. This resulted in a complete turnaround in funding for the agency, most of which is distributed to organizations statewide in the form of grants. Funding went from $1 million for the entire state to $15 million in 2017. CAA & CFTA have made progress every year and hope to do so again for 2018. It's been a pleasure to work closely with colleagues from around the state in this endeavor, and I look forward to remaining part of that team." Rick is being succeeded as CAA & CFTA President by Victoria Hamilton, Arts & Culture Advocate at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego.
Photos below are from last week's visit to Sacramento for the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts hearing on the Creative Economy of California.  CFTA hosted a lunch, sponsored by The Boeing Company, attended by the hearing presenters, including Otis College of Art & Design President Bruce Ferguson and CAC Chair Donn Harris, members of the CFTA Board of Directors, and members of the Committee, including Senators Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) and Henry Stern (D-San Fernando Valley), and Assemblymembers Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and Kansen Chu (D-Silicon Valley). Stein and other CFTA Board members also visited their own elected officials while at the Capitol. On the flight up to Sacramento, Stein was seated with City of Mission Viejo Mayor Wendy Bucknum--in March she and her fellow City Council members approved the Cultural Arts Master Plan for Mission Viejo prepared by Arts Orange County. The state's budget is expected to be finalized in the next two weeks, with high hopes for another increase for the CAC.
Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) with ArtsOC's Stein.

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) with Stein

Sen. Scott Wilk (standing) Asm. Richard Bloom and Stein.



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Grif Duncan,  the longtime producer, with his wife, Jan, of the Fullerton Civic Light Opera (FCLO), died last week at the age of 84. Hundreds of musical theatre artists throughout the region spent part of their career working in FCLO productions at Plummer Auditorium, its main home, and in summer productions at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center. The organization fell on hard times during the recession, and gave up producing, but continued its successful operation of renting scenery and costumes to other producers around the nation. Read more here.
Farrell Hirsch has been appointed as the new CEO of The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, succeeding Zoot Velasco, who departed almost a year ago to lead the Kern County Museum after nine years at the helm. Hirsch comes to the Muckenthaler after more than 14 years with SiriusXM, the satellite radio giant, in entertainment programming where he created content and oversaw production on a wide variety of SiriusXM stations. He spent seven years with TheatreLA's Ovation Awards, including two as Executive Producer, recognizing outstanding theatre productions and performances in the region.
The Friends of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCYSO) are pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Nelson as General Manager. He assumes the role from Teren Shaffer, who served as the orchestra's general manager for 11 years and was recently named Executive Vice President of the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation .  An arts administrator and pianist, Nelson returns to Southern California after eight years working with top arts organizations in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Sculpture by Artist James Dinh Unveiled in Westminster
From the Orange County Register:
"Of Two Lineages," a totem-pole like sculpture at the center of a mini-plaza where people can sit and chat, was unveiled last week in the parking lot of the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. The sculpture is part of the Vietnamese Cultural Alliance's Courage to Rebuild initiative, meant to honor Little Saigon's success in creating a community in Orange County after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, to communist forces."    Read more here.
The spring workshop of VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project culminated in a public reading by 7 of the participants before an audience of 150 at Heroes Hall Veterans Museum at OC Fair & Event Center on May 23. The project partners were ArtsOC, Chance Theater, Veterans First and Heroes Hall, with funding from the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Orange County Community Foundation and The William Gillespie Foundation.  Read more in the LA Times here.
Round 3 of the Sculpture Exhibition in Newport Beach Civic Center Park is now open for submissions. Up to 10 works will be selected for two-year display in the 14 acre park. Complete details may be found here.
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