2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy Proves Powerful Impact of the Sector

The much anticipated release of the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy took place last week, and it underscores  how much the sector contributes to the economic life of our state, region and Orange County.  Arts Orange County is a media partner each year for the release of this study.  Here are some of the highlights:
Jobs in the Creative Sector:
CALIFORNIA - 1.6 million
Total economic output of the Creative Sector:
CALIFORNIA - $406 Billion
ORANGE COUNTY - $20 Billion
T otal state & local tax revenue generated by the Creative Sector:
CALIFORNIA - $16.7 Billion
LOS ANGELES - $7.4 Billion
ORANGE COUNTY - $800 Million
Why is this information important? Such data strengthens the argument that an investment of public dollars in the creative sector through such mechanisms as the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and local government is repaid many times over in economic benefit -- not to mention the tax revenues it generate
  The full statewide & regional reports may be found here.
Advocacy for Arts Agencies a High Priority During Federal & State Budget Process
State Senate Subcommittee Delivers a Win for Arts Funding

Arts Orange County continues to work closely with Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), California Arts Advocates  (CAA) and Californians for the Arts (CFTA) in advocating  on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other federal cultural agencies, and for continued gains in restoring state arts funding to prior levels.  

ArtsOC's President & CEO Rick Stein joined colleagues in meetings with Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, which oversees the budget for the NEA.  Congressman Calvert has been a defender of the NEA and is responsible for the $2 million increase approved last month for the balance of 2017. But 2018 remains a challenge because of the Trump Administration's announced plan to eliminate the arts and culture agencies.  Also, Stein and Pacific Chorale President & CEO Elizabeth Pearson met with Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Beach) to brief her on the work of these agencies and how much organizations in her district and throughout Orange County benefit from their support.

Stein also met for the first time freshman State Senator Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) to brief him about the California Arts Council and the status of its programs and budget.

Last week, the California Senate Budget Subcommittee 4 voted to approve making permanent last year's one-time-only $6.8 million increase in funding for the California Arts Council. This is an important step in the process toward inclusion in the final budget that will be acted upon by the Legislature and Governor next month.

Rep. Mimi Walters, center, Elizabeth Pearson, Rick Stein

Rep. Ken Calvert (standing), Rick Stein, AFTA's Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Riverside Arts Council Executive Director Patrick Brien and other guests attended a dinner with the Congressman at the Mission Inn in Riverside.

State Senator Josh Newman, right, with ArtsOC's Stein.



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Pacific Symphony 
has extended the contract of its assistant conductor, Roger Kalia, for two additional years.
In addition to assisting Music Director Carl St.Clair with conducting duties, Kalia plays a vital role in the Symphony's education initiatives. These include programming and conducting the Farmers & Merchants Bank Family Musical Mornings series, serving as music director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO), and welcoming more than 12,000 elementary school children to the concert hall at the end of each of the next two school years for the Class Act Youth Concerts.
UCI Drama alumna Jenn Colella has received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for Come From Away.
Diane Doyle, actress, director, teacher, and founder of the Young Conservatory at South Coast Repertory, has died. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, and she worked with the Walt Disney Company for over ten years where she was an entertainment show director and writer for events, shows, parades and premiers. She was a staff producer and director responsible for casting, writing, and directing all the entertainment events for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. She was a 2009 recipient of a Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Artist Outreach grant, enabling her to work with the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center in Santa Ana.
Grif Duncan, founder of the John Raitt Awards that celebrates and showcases outstanding high school musical theatre, is stepping down as its producer and is being honored tonight at its ninth annual event in Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium. Duncan is also the longtime producer, with his wife, Jan, of the Fullerton Civic Light Opera.
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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