4 Orange County Organizations Awarded NEA Grants

The latest round of National Endowment for the Arts grants announced yesterday includes awards to four Orange County arts organizations:

Irvine Barclay Theatre $20,000 To support the Dance and Movement Portfolio, which will include the presentation of international and national artists. Artists to be presented may include Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Herve Koubi, and Savion Glover. In addition, the theater will present a series of world premieres by emerging choreographers Ido Tadmor, Yin Yue, and Jennifer Backhaus. Education and outreach activities will include master classes and discussions at schools and dance organizations. The project also will include residencies, creation of new works, cirque and flamenco presentations, educational outreach and audience engagement activities.

Pacific Chorale $10,000 To support a composer-in-residence program. The chorus will be celebrating the legacy of its longtime Artistic Director John Alexander who will be retiring at the end of the 2017-18 season. British composer Tarik O'Regan, who will be in residence with the chorus during the transitional period and also will serve as Artistic Adviser to associate conductor Dr. Robert M. Istad, will create new choral works of varying lengths and for different numbers of singers and instrument ensembles.

Pacific Symphony $30,000 To support the annual American Composers Festival. The festival will be directed by Music Director Carl St. Clair and will feature works by Southern California-based composers John Adams, Frank Ticheli, and Peter Boyer, all of whom will be in residence at the festival. Programming will include "The Dharma at Big Sur" by Adams, "Blue Shades" by Ticheli, and "Ellis Island: The Dream of America" by Boyer. Performances by the orchestra and by guest artist violinist Tracy Silverman will be held in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California.

South Coast Repertory $50,000 To support the 20th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. The festival will feature world premiere productions and staged readings of previously unproduced plays by established playwrights and emerging writers. The festival will feature a world premiere production of "The Siegel," by Michael Mitnick. Previous festivals have included world premiere productions of Eliza Clark's "Future Thinking," and Julia Cho's "Office Hour," as well as staged readings of "Perfect Circle" by Noah Handle, "Lady Tattoo" by Meg Miroshnik, and "Wink" by Jen Silverman.
Status Quo for NEA Funding in Short-term Congressional Budget Bill Passage
Anticipating the transition to a new Administration in January, Congress approved a short-term budget bill that keeps most things the same, and that includes funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.  There is considerable uncertainty about where the Trump Administration stands regarding funds for the NEA and other cultural agencies, but two of the President-Elect's Cabinet nominees have strong philanthropic connections to the arts and two past Congressional arts supporters remain in key leadership positions.  Read more from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies here.
Arts Orange County will ring in the New Year by moving into new digs!
Effective January 9, 2017, our offices will be located in the new 
Orange County Music and Dance building at 
17620 Fitch Avenue, Suite 255, Irvine CA 92614
Our phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.
We'll be hosting a member mixer at our new location once we are settled.



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Oakland Fire Prompts Santa Ana to Inspect Local Warehouse Arts Spaces
Artist studio spaces in Santa Ana are getting the once over by the City's code enforcement department in the wake of the tragic Oakland warehouse arts space fire, according to this story in the OC Register.  In an updated story today, one of them, the Advertising Arts Building, has had its basement "red tagged," requiring additional remediation beyond the sprinkler system already installed by the landlord. Santa Ana is a magnet for artists seeking affordable studios and "live/work" spaces, which are in short supply throughout the region.  A 58-unit adaptive re-use project that will offer housing for artists and their families, Santa Ana Arts Collective, is currently under construction at 1666 Main Street.
2 New Horn Players Join Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony'has announced the addition of two new horn players: Joshua Paulus (top photo), third horn and assistant principal horn, and Andrew Warfield as fourth horn. Paulus currently splits his time between Orange County and the Pacific Northwest as a first-call Seattle-area freelancer. Before moving to California, Warfield, a native of Tennessee, was an active freelancer in the Nashville area, having played with the Nashville Symphony and in the Nashville recording studios. Both began their new roles with the Symphony this fall.

For information, contact Karen Ahola
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