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4 OC Organizations Awarded NEA Grants

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On Wednesday, the National Endowment for the Arts approved its Round 2 grants for 2022, and 4 were awarded to Orange County organizations:

The Chance Theater - $15,000

Pacific Chorale - $15,000

California State University, Fullerton Theatre - $10,000

Arts Orange County - $40,000

Details here.

More Local Arts News

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After a distinguished 21 years with MenAlive - Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus (OCGMC), Board Chairman Mike Auchter announces that Bob Gunn will be retiring as Artistic Director. Bob will close out the current season with his last show being I Am America that will be performed on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Barclay Theatre in Irvine. OCGMC has begun a search for its next Artistic Director. More details here.

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More than 1 million individuals have lost their lives to COVID-19 in the U.S. alone. The sheer magnitude of the numbers can feel impossible to understand, but Santa Ana’s Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble has found a beautiful, intimate way of putting faces to those devastating statistics. They put a call out to writers to write living altar pieces for those who have passed, 54 writers from around the globe responded to the prompt and their work is collected here in this newly published book.

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Call for Nominations:

2022 Orange County Arts Awards

Arts Orange County’s 22nd OC Arts Awards event will take place on Tuesday, October 18 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Nominations for honorees are now being accepted through May 31. For guidelines, a cover sheet form, and to access a list of past honorees, visit our Arts Awards page here.

Seeking Artists for These Major Projects


Orange County artists are invited to submit for a project featuring two original works to hang in the new Costa Mesa workspace of Compass Diversified.

All-inclusive budget up to $55,000.

Submission deadline is May 31.

Full details here.


Southern California artists are invited to submit for two projects comprising the Placentia Gateway: a sculpture (all-inclusive budget up to $400,000) and murals (all-inclusive budget up to $100,000).

Submission deadline is May 31.

Full details here.

This project was featured in an article in the OC Register yesterday here.


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