ArtsOC Awarded Boeing Grant for New Sustainability Initiative
Arts Orange County has been awarded a grant of $40,000 by The Boeing Company to support "Re-Create:  Orange County Arts & Arts Education Sustainability Initative."  A longtime contributor to ArtsOC, The Boeing Company's giving in the arts is primarily focused upon arts education and advocacy.  "The Re-Create Initiative is intended to lay the groundwork for building public will for the arts and arts education in Orange County," commented ArtsOC Executive Director Richard Stein.  "There has never been a meaningful investment of public dollars in the arts in our community and, since 2008, there has been noticeable attrition in private philanthropic support for the arts locally.  Orange County, the nation's sixth largest, lags behind just about every similarly-sized community in the nation in terms of its arts funding, and the sustainability of its arts ecosystem is threatened by lacking a stronger and more diverse mix of funding sources.  The Re-Create initiative is only the first step in what will be a long and intense effort by Arts Orange County--and others--to move the needle on this issue."  More about this effort will be reported later in the year.
California Arts Council Approves $32,000 Grant to ArtsOC 

Arts Orange County continues to serve as the officially-designated state-local partner of the County of Orange, and in this capacity qualifies for the California Arts Council's State-Local Partner grants program.  A grant in the amount of $32,300 to ArtsOC was approved by the Council at its meeting on September 22 in San Luis Obispo.  The State-Local Partner grants foster community development through the arts at the county level via partnerships between the California Arts Council and a local arts agency.   California Arts Council funding supports core ArtsOC programs such as, the online countywide arts calendar, the Imagination Celebration, the annual month-long countywide arts festival for children and families, the Creative Edge Lecture and other professional development programs for arts leaders and the arts education community.  Through this funding, ArtsOC is also able to ensure that California Arts Council funding opportunities and initiatives are communicated effectively to the Orange County arts community.
Open Call for Expert Panelists by California Arts Council 

California Arts Council has opened its annual call for arts professionals to volunteer to serve as expert panel members to conduct the peer review of grant applications submitted for its funding programs.  Last year, a number of Orange County professionals were selected to serve, including Joe Lewis (above, fourth from left), artist, Professor of Art and former Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at University of California, Irvine.  The deadline to apply is December 31, 2016 for the 2017-19 grant cycle, and complete details may be found here.  "ArtsOC strongly encourages Orange County professional artists, arts leaders, and arts educators to apply," remarked ArtsOC Executive Director Richard Stein.  "One cannot underestimate the value of Orange County having a presence on these panels.  While we believe that the panels are generally fair and objective, Orange County panelists help enlighten those from elsewhere in the state about the quality, vitality and diversity of our arts community."



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Costa Mesa Playhouse Gains Extra Year in Current Space

Costa Mesa Playhouse , a 51 year old community theatre that has operated for 32 years in its present location at 661 Hamilton Street, and was facing termination of its lease with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, has won a reprieve.  Instead of being forced to leave in June 2017, the District has renewed the lease until June 2018, with additional extensions possible--although the Playhouse will have to eventually vacate the premises.
"Imagination:  The Power of Possibility"
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The theme has just been announced for the 32nd annual Orange County Imagination Celebration, a month-long countywide festival of arts for children and families.  It's a unique collaboration between Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education, and more than 50 participating arts organizations.  "Imagination:  The Power of Possibility" will drive the annual poster contest and the "1,000 Pieces of Art" exhibition, which attract thousands of entries from school children countywide.  The festival dates are April 15-May 28, 2017.
The Ovation Foundation is presenting its new cycle of innOVATION Grant Awards, focused on supporting nonprofit organizations that strengthen America's Creative Economy through skills training and workforce development.  Deadline is October 28.  More details here.
A reminder to paid members of Arts Orange County: the postmark deadline for returning by-laws amendment ballots is October 12.  Thanks!
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