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New Safety Protocols at Major OC Venues!

Full vaccination required & mask wearing at indoor performances. Read more about it here.

Grant opportunities...

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Grants Programs for Districts 3, 4 & 5 Still Open

Following ArtsOC's successful advocacy with the Orange County Board of Supervisors that resulted in $5 million in arts relief funds being designated from its American Rescue Plan Act allocation, four of the five County Districts have announced their funding programs--each of the five districts received $1M and be custom designed by that Supervisor's office.

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

District 3 - details here.

District 4 - details here.

District 5 - details here.

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

The District 2 program is now closed to applications.


Program Opens Tomorrow!

California Relief Grant Program - Round 8

For nonprofit arts and cultural institutions only who have not already received a grant through this program in one of the earlier rounds. Applications open August 27 with a deadline of September 8. Details here.

Free webinar here.

Program Opens Sept. 9

California Relief Grant Program - Round 9

For-profit arts businesses and nonprofit organizations who have not already received a grant through this program in one of the earlier rounds. Applications open September 9 with a deadline of September 30.

Details here.

Free webinars here.

Programs Now Open!


Relief Grants - Round 2 Deadline September 15

Details here.

Free webinar here.

California Documentary Project Grant Program

for film, audio, and interactive media projects. Deadline is November 1. Details here.

OC arts community news...


84 OC Arts & Entertainment Venues Awarded $78 Million

The Federal government's Small Business Administration has awarded relief grants through its Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. 23 OC nonprofit arts organizations were among the beneficiaries of this support, including:

Discovery Cube

Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Irvine Classical Players Chamber


Laguna Playhouse

Men Alive

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Newport Beach Film Festival

No Square Theatre

OC Fair & Event Center

One More Productions

Pacific Chorale

Pacific Symphony

Philharmonic Society of Orange


Pretend City, The Children's Museum

of Orange County

Sawdust Festival Corporation

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

South Coast Repertory

South Coast Symphony

The Chance Theater

The Frida Cinema

The Wayward Artist

Arts Orange County joined with performing arts leaders around the nation in vigorously advocating for this relief funding.

View the full nationwide list of grantees to date here.

Read more about it in Voice of OC.

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13 OC Arts Organizations Awarded $ 285,820 in Grants

After initially approving in July a more limited number of grants statewide, the California Arts Council has responded to input from the field about the pressing need for relief, including a petition by Californians for the Arts, and doubled the funding for this round.

The Council prioritized giving to smaller organizations.

15 grants were awarded to these 13 Orange County organizations:

General Operating Relief Grants

Community Youth Orchestra of

Southern California

Creative Identity

Libromobile Arts Cooperative

Media Arts Santa Ana


Music Preserves Foundation

Orange County Women's Chorus

Vietnamese American Arts and

Letters Association


Impact Grants

Give a Beat Foundation

Hidden Truths Project

(The Kant Institute)

Libromobile Arts Cooperative

Media Arts Santa Ana

Museum of Make Believe

The Wayward Artist


Statewide/Regional Networks

Hi-Hopes Identity Discovery


View the full statewide list of grantees in the Council agenda packet here beginning on page 55. Refer to "Scenario 1" listings, which are the grants that were approved.

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Laguna College of Art + Design Appoints New President

Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) announced the appointment of Steven J. Brittan as the 14th president of its 60-year-old institution. Brittan comes to Laguna from Florence, Italy, where he has served as President of Studio Arts College International (SACI).

Read more here.

ArtsOC news...

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This annual gathering of Orange County's arts community leaders--artists, arts leaders and arts patrons--is especially anticipated this year! Join us! Details here.

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