YORBA LINDA BREAKS GROUND ON NEW ARTS CENTER & LIBRARY
From the Orange County Register: "[City of] Yorba Linda's $51 million new library and arts center broke ground on Saturday, Jan. 5, with the long-awaited facility expected to open in the summer of 2020. The 4.7-acre "strawberry field" lot on Lakeview Avenue will be transformed into a two-story, 48,000-square-foot library and a 15,000-square-foot arts center, connected to each other by a paseo. The arts center will have a black-box theater named after Virginia DeLand, the founder of the Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera, as well as a dance studio and an art room. The project has been discussed since 2010, but was put on hold for years as the city's redevelopment agency was dissolved, affecting funding sources. The effort got a reboot in 2016 and the City Council chose the former strawberry fields as the location." More here.
LAGUNA ART MUSEUM REOPENS RENOVATED LOWER GALLERIES
From the Laguna Beach Indy: "On Thursday, Feb. 7, [the night of February's 'First Thursdays Art Walk] Laguna Art Museum will celebrate the re-opening of its lower level galleries, which have been under major renovation since early 2018. The lower level space, which was completed in 1934 as an addition to the 1929 building, will host exhibitions again beginning March 3. The passageway between the Brief Gallery and the Segerstrom Family Gallery was enlarged; the exhibition spaces were expanded by about 20 percent; and the historic floor, inscribed with the names of the donors to the project of finishing the lower level in 1934, was restored." More here.
Several Orange County museums and cultural centers are participating in the 14th Annual Museums Free-for-All on Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 2019. Over forty museums-presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science-will open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge. On both days, Laguna Art Museum and Orange County Museum of Art admission is free. Bowers Museum and The Muckenthaler Cultural Center are offering free admission on Sunday only. More information about free days throughout the year may be found here.
Each spring, dozens of OC arts organizations, schools, colleges, and cities participate in the Imagination Celebration. Learn how your organization can participate here.

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ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHORUS APPOINTS NEW CEO

The All-American Boys Chorus, a 48-year old Orange County nonprofit organization that educates, motivates and builds character in boys through performance, leadership, travel and community service, has announced the appointment of Genevieve Macias as its new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding longtime Executive Director Anthony Manrique, who is retiring. Macias is currently Vice President of Development and Communications at the Long Beach Symphony and Executive Director of the Foundation for the Long Beach Symphony. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras, a statewide service organization, and previously held positions at Pacific Symphony and Burson-Marsteller. She will work closely with Artistic Director Wes Martin and Board Chair Bill Sanderson.
PRETEND CITY IN TALKS WITH IRVINE FOR MOVE TO GREAT PARK
From the Orange County Register: "The city is negotiating a lease with Pretend City to relocate the kid-focused museum from a spot near the Irvine Spectrum, where it has been for 10 years." More here.

2019 OC ARTS AWARDS:
NOMINATIONS DUE 3/1

Nominations are now open for the 20th Annual Orange County Arts Awards taking place on October 16 in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Details may be found here. Deadline is March 1. 

RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN FOR FREE LECTURE

Vijay Gupta's talk, titled "Citizen Artistry: Restoring the Human Spirit through Artistic Engagement", will explore how music and artistic engagement measurably improves the human condition, and will demonstrate why music's redemptive power holds more potential than traditionally realized. Gupta's lecture will also explore how the arts speak to people in ways language cannot and will discuss the importance of arts education to nurture empathetic and compassionate youth.
APRIL WILL BE "ARTS, CULTURE & CREATIVITY MONTH" IN CALIFORNIA & ORANGE COUNTY

Arts Orange County and Californians for the Arts invite you to participate in the new "Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California" this April. Arts Orange County will be organizing a unique way for our arts community to join hands in celebrating this locally. Additionally, we invite you to join us in Sacramento for "Arts, Culture and Creativity Day" on Wednesday, April 24th--a full day of activities celebrating, honoring and advocating for arts and culture. More details to come about all of this.

Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. 
It is a powerhouse in advancing Orange County's arts ecology, a trailblazer in advocating workforce development through arts education, a leader in building future audiences and a trendsetter in the world of nonprofit arts councils.

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