News about and for Orange County's arts community

AUGUST 1, 2021

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Grants Programs for Districts 2, 3, 4, 5 Now Open

Following ArtsOC's successful advocacy with the Orange County Board of Supervisors that resulted in $5 million in arts relief funds being designated from its American Rescue Plan Act allocation, four of the five County Districts have announced their funding programs--each of the five districts received $1M and be custom designed by that Supervisor's office.

If your nonprofit arts organization or arts related business is located in

District 2 - details here.

District 3 - details here.

District 4 - details here.

District 5 - details here.

When District 1 announces its program, we will share that information with you.


Three Orange County cultural organizations have appointed new leaders:

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation has appointed Jerold Kappel as Chief Executive Officer. Kappel has had a long career with organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, American Association of Museums, symphonies, ballet and opera companies, including consulting and interim CEO positions.

Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente has appointed Steve Morris, CFRE, as Executive Director. Morris comes to Orange County from San Diego where he spent 8 years with the YMCA of San Diego County.

Friends of the Children's Museum at La Habra has appointed Doug Vogel as Executive Director. Vogel was previously Director of Development at Laguna Playhouse, and previously held fund development positions with Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Catalina Island Conservancy, and AltaMed Health Services.

OC Public Art News...



From the Orange County Register: "On Friday, July 30, a press conference was held in front of the 34-year-old mural along Laguna Canyon Road, one of Wyland’s 100 Whaling Wall series, to oppose plans for its removal.

The developer who bought the industrial property wants to replace the porcelain tile image with tenant signs, but the marine artist is saying the mural is protected by the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990." Read more here.


Arts Orange County has inventoried more than 800 works of art in public places and in private places viewable to the public. Help us keep this list up to date by informing us of works that are new to our community or that are missing from our list The list of existing works we have cataloged is accessible to all free of charge on our website. A direct link to the Public Art listings, where the works are searchable by city, may be found here.

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New Bas-Relief Unveiled in San Juan Capistrano

An 11' x 17' seven-panel mural (pictured above) by Randy Morgan, commissioned by local developer Dan Almquist, was unveiled recently on Camino Capistrano. Depicting the history of San Juan Capistrano, the artist was advised by scions of two longstanding families (Rios and Belardes) in the community. Read more in the Capistrano Dispatch article here.

Santa Ana Mural Restorations

Updated coverage in Voice of OC about community efforts to save murals in Santa Ana here.

Surfing Murals In San Clemente

Celebrating the debut of surfing events in the Olympics in Tokyo this month, USA Surfing, City of San Clemente, local business owners and surfing artists teamed up to create new murals. Read more in the Orange County Register article here.

New Aviation Mural Debuts on Costa Mesa "Quonset Hut"

One of the remaining Quonset huts from the former Santa Ana Army Air Base off 17th Street in Costa Mesa now features a mural of a WWII-era B-24 Liberator bomber, created by artist Nancy Hadley whose studio is in one of the buildings. Read more in the Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot article here.

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The WWII-era Bay Theatre in Seal Beach, which has been undergoing a complete renovation under preservationist Paul Dunlap who acquired it in 2016, was broken into and vandalized last month. Read more in the Orange County Register here.


Popular local musician turned nurse at Mission Hospital Philip Bardowell (stints with Beach Boys, toured with Jan and Dean, appeared on TV's "Full House) will perform during a special tribute for healthcare workers at the free admission Symphony in the Cities and Prelude in the Park event Saturday, Aug. 14 on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Community Park in Mission Viejo. More here.

ArtsOC news...

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This annual gathering of Orange County's arts community leaders--artists, arts leaders and arts patrons--is especially anticipated this year! Join us! Details here.


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¡No Vengan!

The fourth exhibition since S/A. Exhibitions debuted, ¡No Vengan!, is based on responses to immigration policies. At first, as part of the Sanctuary City Project, then later on his own, artist Sergio De La Torre has collected responses from thousands of people in Tijuana/San Diego, the Bay Area, Seattle, Anchorage, San Antonio, and Pittsfield, MA.

Read more here.

S/A. Exhibitions operates in collaboration with Arts Orange County and Santa Ana Arts Collective, with funding from the California Arts Council.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11:30 am – 5 pm.

Location: 1666 N. Main Street, Santa Ana.


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