May 12, 2021

News about and for Orange County's arts community

National Endowment for the Arts Grants to 4 OC Groups

Four Orange County organizations have been approved for grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the federal agency announced today. These are among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding. In total, the agency announced $88 million in funding in all states and jurisdictions, of which $5,585,000 in 177 grants was awarded to California organizations and the California Arts Council, the state arts agency.


“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”

Receiving grants locally are:

A complete list of grant recipients may be found here.

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The City of Santa Ana has received the Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability Award for its Santa Ana Arts Collective (SAAC) from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SAAC is Santa Ana’s first successful adaptive reuse project, containing residential, commercial, live/work and community spaces in a renovated and re-imagined mid-century office building. The project provides permanent supportive housing to low-income artists and their families, as well as previously homeless residents. SAAC also features an art gallery, S/A. Exhibitions that is a collaboration with Arts Orange County through a grant from the California Arts Council.


On Saturday morning May 15, a bilingual (Spanish & English) visioning session will be held at the historic Hunt Library in Fullerton to collect community input for future programming. A walk-through begins at 9:30 and the facilitated discussion begins at 10 am. Admission is free. More information and RSVP here.

Breaking Through:

Local Models of Racial & Cultural Equity Programming

ArtsOC Offers Free Webinar on May 24th

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Arts Orange County invites you to attend the first in a series of free online gatherings to learn about innovative approaches to racial & cultural equity programming taking place in our arts community. Join us on Monday, May 24th at 2 pm, for brief presentations by three Orange County arts organizations about recent programs they have offered: Arts & Learning Conservatory will share about their ACTivism Initiative, Cypress College Art Gallery will present about their exhibition "Hairtage," and Philharmonic Society of Orange County will tell us about their "Triumph Over Adversity Festival," followed by a Q&A session. Admission is free. Reservations are required and attendance is limited. Register here. 


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We have "renovated" our website, and wish to showcase examples of the many outstanding arts and arts education programs in our community by inviting you to submit images to appear on the website. Email your submission to Nicholas Thurkettle.

We acknowledge with respect our presence on the ancestral lands of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians - Acjachemen Nation and the Tongva People.

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