OC Student Wins Statewide "Poetry Out Loud" Competition

Alexis Rangell-Onwuegbuzia of Mater Dei High School in Orange County is California's 2018 Poetry Out Loud state champion. The high-school senior took first place in the state finals competition on March 19, and will go on to represent the state of California at the national finals in April in Washington, D.C.  An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered statewide by the California Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. In Orange County, Poetry Out Loud is administered by the Orange County Department of Education.  Details here.
National Endowment for the Arts Budget Receives Increase in New Federal Budget Signed Today - Averts Elimination

Today, the 2018 Federal budget passed by Congress over the past two days was signed into law by the President, and it included a nearly $3 Million increase in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. For a second year, the agency not only averted elimination (as proposed by the Trump Administration) but experienced a modest budget increase. "Much of the credit goes to bi-partisan friends in Congress who greatly value the role the arts play in our nation, such as Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona), who Chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior," commented ArtsOC's President &CEO Rick Stein. Stein was in Washington, D.C. with 600 other arts leaders from around the nation ten days ago attending Americans for the Arts' Arts Advocacy Day. He visited Rep. Calvert's office with other California arts advocates.  More here.
Robert Duke Inspires Audience at 9th Creative Edge Lecture

Dr. Robert Duke (above center, standing) inspired hundreds of attendees at the Irvine Barclay Theatre in delivering ArtsOC's 9th Annual Creative Edge Lecture on Tuesday. The University of Texas at Austin professor--in both the school of music and the medical school--is an expert in the field of learning. In his talk, he emphasized the role of authentic personal expression in learning, and he implored educators to nurture that regardless of the different pace of learning at which various students progress. The annual lecture is presented by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education and the 4th District PTA. ArtsOC expresses its gratitude to The Boeing Company, which has been the title sponsor of each year's lecture. Additional thanks go to these sponsors: Phil and Mary Lyons, OCounty Department of Education, Haskell & White LLP, Judith Posnikoff, Janet and Walkie Ray, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Susan K. Hori, Kay Mortenson, Orange County Community Foundation, Ellen Breitman. Pictured above with Dr. Duke, left to right, standing: Dr. Stephen Barker, Dean, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts; Holly Lyons, Mary Lyons, Rick Smetanka, Haskell & White; William Cusato, Boeing. Seated: Rick Stein, ArtsOC; Jerry Mandel, Irvine Barclay Theatre.



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Public Art Grants Available to Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched its 2018 Public Art Challenge. Mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more are invited to apply for funding for temporary public art projects. Deadline: April 19.  More here.
Huntington Beach Calls for Awards Nominations

The City of Huntington Beach Allied Arts Board has issued a call for nominations for its biennial Allied Arts Awards. Guidelines and forms here.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts Call for Artists

In celebration of the newly redesigned Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, Segerstrom Center for the Arts seeks to commission a local artist who will create a temporary outdoor installation. Deadline to apply: April 27, 2018. More details here.
Orange County Veterans: What's YOUR story?

ArtsOC's VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project is beginning its spring session. Open free to all veterans, find out more about how you can participate here.
Dueling Piano Bar Opens in Costa Mesa

"Keys on Main, a new dueling piano bar at the Triangle in Costa Mesa, is offering a mix of music, levity and an interactive audience experience." The club is located in the ground-level space at the Triangle commercial complex at Harbor and Newport boulevards."
Read more in The Daily Pilot here.

Popular Santa Ana Mural Has Been Defaced

The popular "Heroes Among Us" mural by artist Carlos Aguilar, created over four years as a tribute to Mexican-American war veterans, was vandalized twice last week.  
Read more in OC Weekly here.

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