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New Report from National Endowment for the Arts:

Arts and Culture Still a Major Economic Driver

Despite Substantial Losses Due to COVID-19

A new report has been issued by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. “While arts and cultural industries and workers nationwide have sustained heavy losses, the sector continues to play an outsized role in the U.S. economy—as the new data demonstrate,” said NEA Chair Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson. “The NEA is committed to participating as a key partner in the recovery of this sector, recognizing not only its economic value, but also the arts’ capacity to transform the lives of individuals and communities in other ways, contributing to health and well-being, and overall resilience.” More information here.

April is Arts, Culture & Creativity Month in California


Arts Orange County President & CEO Richard Stein and Orange County Musicians Union (Local 7, AFM) President Edmund Velasco, Board members of California Arts Advocates and Californians for the Arts, invite you to join them in April for virtual visits with our State Legislators and their staff to share with them the important work being done by their arts constituents to better our community. If you are interested, please use this form to sign up as a Delegate. Californians for the Arts will respond with more information. You are encouraged to promote awareness of Arts, Culture and Creativity Month to your Board, staff, members and audiences.

11th Día del Niño - Free Festival of Arts for Entire Family

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Arts Orange County and Media Arts Santa Ana are pleased to announce the 11th Día del Niño, a free festival of arts and culture for all ages. Featuring Grammy Award-winning performing artists, community and youth performers, and day-long hands-on arts workshops, this year's festival returns live and in-person outdoors at the OC Fair & Event Center on Saturday & Sunday, April 9 & 10. For the first time, an additional day is being added in Fullerton on the grounds of Pacific Drive Elementary School on Saturday, April 30. This is in honor of the new partnership between the City of Fullerton, Arts Orange County and Heritage Future on the Hunt Library revitalization project. The Hunt Library, which is next door to Pacific Drive School, is now under renovation. More information here.

New OC Books

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Santa Ana author Marytza K. Rubio's Maria, Maria & Other Stories will be published this month by Liveright/W.W. Norton. The author, Director of Community Engagement at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has described her debut collection of short stories as "starring mystics and misfits playing in the shadows with big cats and crocodilians." In January 2016, Rubio had established Makara Center for the Arts, a volunteer-run nonprofit library & art center in downtown Santa Ana. Through May 2020, Makara offered free specialized library services and arts & culture programs to local communities through its brick & mortar location, and then transitioned to a mail order library service in late 2020 as a more sustainable response to the ongoing pandemic. More information here.


The third volume has been published in a series of books containing conversations conducted with contemporary artists by Heidi Zuckerman, CEO and Director of Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). Zuckerman. Prior to her arrival at OCMA fourteen months ago, her career as a curator of more than 200 exhibitions of contemporary art included 14 years as CEO and Director of the Aspen Art Museum where she led the successful effort to build a new museum by a Pritzker Award-winning architect. Currently, she is overseeing the completion of OCMA's new museum, also designed by a Prtizker-winning architect (Thom Mayne), on the campus at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The new museum will open in October 2022. More information here.



BJ Scott, founder of the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, has died at the age of 79. Originally the South Orange County Community Theatre, in 1989, BJ signed a lease to a location across the street from Mission San Juan Capistrano. The theatre has produced over 200 shows on its main stage and in its black box theatre spaces. BJ was also instrumental in starting the Shakespeare in the Park events during the summers. BJ Scott suffered a series of strokes five years after founding the theatre and handed over its management to her husband and co-founder of the Playhouse, Tom, but she continued to work at the theatre as a teacher. More information here.

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Tim Hetherton, Library Services Director at City of Newport Beach since January 2014, is retiring. He previously served for more than 15 years as a reference librarian, adult services coordinator. In addition to overseeing the Newport Beach Central Library and three branch libraries, he has been responsible for providing staff support for the City Arts Commission and its programs, including the Sculpture Exhibition in the 14-acre Civic Center Park. More information here.


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