"California is facing a cultural Depression" Says CFTA in its COVID-19 Impact Report Released Today

Between October 6 - November 7, 2020, Californians for the Arts (CFTA) surveyed close to 1000 arts workers and over 600 organizations statewide on the impact of COVID-19. Today, CFTA presented its survey results in collaboration with the release of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy. More details here.
2021 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California
Released Today Documents Over $140 Billion in Losses

The Otis Report on the Creative Economy is an annual report commissioned by Otis College of Art and Design since 2007 focusing on the ways in which California's creative industries form an essential part of its overall economy. The report highlights five creative industries and eight regional snapshots with a special spotlight on Los Angeles. The Otis Report is an invaluable tool to assess the tremendous impact and influence of the creative sector on the state and regional economy. View highlights and obtain full report copy here

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California Arts Council Chair & Longtime Arts Advocate Larry Baza Dies of COVID

Arts Orange County joins the arts community in mourning the loss of Larry Baza, Chair of the California Arts Council, our state's arts agency, of COVID-19 earlier this month. "Larry was a passionate and indefatigable arts advocate statewide and in his home community of San Diego, and was a a friend to so many of us in the field. He will be deeply missed," commented ArtsOC President & CEO Rick Stein. Read the San Diego Union-Tribune obituary here.
Costa Mesa Historian Art Goddard, 78

Art Goddard, a passionate historian active in the Costa Mesa Historical Society and the Friends of the Costa Mesa Library, has died. Read the Daily Pilot obituary here.
Irvine Valley College Performing Arts Center Receives Naming Gift for its Main Stage

Irvine Valley College (IVC) and the Irvine Valley College Foundation have announced the first-ever naming gift for the IVC Performing Arts Center. Masoud Rezanoor, a retired CPA and Irvine resident, pledged $250,000 to provide enrichment opportunities for the music department at IVC. To acknowledge Rezanoor's generosity, the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center will be renamed the Rezanoor Stage. Read more here.
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