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OC arts community news...

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Tyler Ennis has been appointed Vice President of Development at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tyler arrives at the Center from his current role as Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement at Center Theatre Group (CTG) in Los Angeles.

Prior to CTG, Tyler spent 9 years at Roundabout Theater company - one of the largest non-profit theater companies in New York City operating 3 Broadway and 2 Off-Broadway Theaters. During his time at Roundabout. He concluded his tenure there as Associate Director of Development.Tyler holds an MBA and MA (Arts Administration) from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music (Music Business) from Berry College.



Film lovers are in for a real treat as a happy coincidence of pandemic induced schedule changes has resulted in three festivals featuring new and recent releases by mostly independent filmmakers taking over Orange County. All three festivals will be hybrids, with both live and virtual screenings and events. The grandaddy of them all is the celebrated Newport Beach Film Festival, usually held in the spring, which will offer more than 150 films during its 21st annual showcase this month. The 12th OC Film Fiesta, is produced by Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA), and will include more than 40 films. Viet Film Fest, begun in 2003, has about 50 films being offered.

ArtsOC news...


Arts Orange County Convenes Arts Education Advocates

Arts Orange County, long a leader in arts education advocacy in our community, accelerated its efforts at the time of the COVID-19 shutdown in anticipation of possible threats to the public school arts education ecosystem. Working in tandem with longtime partners Orange County Department of Education and the Fourth District PTA, and with Create CA (formerly California Alliance for Arts Education), ArtsOC has invigorated its work with the assistance of local volunteer arts education advocates each of whom has taken on responsibility for focusing upon a local school district. They are not officially affiliated with their respective school districts identified below. ArtsOC gathered the group recently in its offices for a day of information sharing, a discussion of best practices, and strategizing. Seen above are (from the left): Michelle Deziel, Orange Unified School Distrct; Gabriella Rollins, Placentia-Yorba Linda School District; Scott Fitzpatrick, Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education; Charlene Ashendorf, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (and Chair of the City of Costa Mesa Parks, Arts and Community Services Commission and Chair of the City of Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee); Karen Ahola, ArtsOC's Advancement Officer; Tina Van Dam, Saddleback Valley Unified School District (and member of the Board of Directors of Arts Orange County); Madeleine Spencer, Santa Ana Unified School District; Mai-Phuong Nguyen, Fountain Valley Unified School District; and Shanin Ziemer, Orange County Arts Now Ambassador (Arts Now is a program of CREATE CA).

Grants & Other Opportunities...


Grants Program for

District 3 Still Open

ArtsOC's successful advocacy with the Orange County Board of Supervisors resulted in $5 million in arts relief funds being designated from its American Rescue Plan Act allocation, with each district crafting and administering its own program.

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

District 3 - details here.

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

The Districts 2, 4 and 5 programs are now closed to applications.

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"On Board(Hers)" involves mobilizing women immigrants and refugees--or their descendants--to tell their stories of border crossing and immigration. Artist Lucille Toth gathers these stories and transforms them, along with the participants, into a dance composed of gestures and words. Created in 2018, "On Board(Hers)" has been realized several times--with Syrian and Afghani refugees in Ohio, with Mexican immigrants in Nogales, Arizona, and in Germany and France with a diverse group of women. More information here.

ArtsOC Consulting Update

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Arts Orange County is largely supported through grants and contributions. However, in order to help underwrite many of the free and discounted programs and services we offer artists and arts organizations in our community, ArtsOC also generates revenue by providing affordable consulting and project management services to clients ranging from government to higher education to arts organizations.

Currently in progress are the following projects:

Client: County of Orange

Project: District 2 Arts Relief Program

Description: Manage grantmaking process to arts related businesses and arts nonprofit organizations, cities and school districts; prepare an inventory of arts and culture assets in the district, including venues, organizations, public art, and other information.

Client: City of Newport Beach

Project: Phase VII of the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park.

Description: Manage the process of selecting and installing ten large-scale sculptures for two-year display in the 14-acre park.

Client: City of Irvine

Project: Public Art Consultancy

Description: Conduct assessment of current public art policies, and issue recommendations.

Client: City of Fullerton

Project: Hunt Library Revitalization Project

Description: Arts Orange County & Heritage Future selected as the official programmatic partners with the City on the operation of this 10,000 s.f. historic building and 3 acre park following its expected renovation in 2022.

Client: City of Fullerton

Project: Hunt Library Revitalization Project

Description: Conduct Community Input Gathering & prepare a Programmatic Plan.

Client: Jamboree Housing Corporation

Project: Heroes Landing Veterans Residences - Public Art

Description: Manage selection process for two permanent art installations.

Client: City of Moorpark

Project: Master Arts Plan

Description: Complete assessment of the needs and interests of this Ventura County city's residents and arts community with recommended actions.

Client: Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Project: Executive Search Services

Description: Recruitment services for two key management positions.

For information about our consulting services, contact Rick Stein.


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