Supervisor Donald P. Wagner Launches Arts Relief Fund
For District 3 Arts Related Businesses and Arts Nonprofits 

Orange County Supervisor Donald P. Wagner has established a new COVID-19 Arts Relief Program to assist arts-related businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 within the Third District. The funding, is part of the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds bill, and $500,000 will be divided and allocated throughout the district in the form of grants. District 3 includes the cities of Irvine, Tustin, Orange, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, and the Anaheim Hills portion of Anaheim and unincorporated canyon communities. The financial aid will be distributed through the OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund, a COVID-19 relief fund for artists and arts organizations launched by Arts Orange County in collaboration with the Orange County Community Foundation and Charitable Ventures. 
In announcing the fund, Supervisor Wagner said, "Our arts organizations are also small businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, performance-based groups were the first forced to close their doors because they rely on social gatherings and will be the last to reopen. Beyond providing enrichment and entertainment, these organizations deliver essential services by educating our children, offering after school activities to keep teens productive and out of trouble, and provide therapeutic services to people with disabilities and our veterans. Moreover, they contribute to Orange County's once-thriving economy, offering creative industries a talented and qualified workforce. Orange County relies upon this substantial tax revenue to support our well-rounded communities."  
Rick Stein, Arts Orange County's President & CEO, said "We are deeply grateful to Supervisor Wagner for recognizing the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had upon our arts community and for making these resources available to provide much needed assistance."
Guidelines and online application here.  Note to applicants: if you applied already to the OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund, you must submit a separate application for the Third District Arts Relief Fund. 
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JULY 17  AT 5 P.M.
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This is the second in a series of videos in which Arts Orange County's VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project participants talk about their art and read from their works.
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CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH GRANTS FOR ARTISTS
"Fostering Creativity in a Time of Crisis Grants for Laguna Beach Artists" is a program being offered through the City of Laguna Beach and made possible by a grant from the Wayne Peterson Fund of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. Eligibility is limited to artists who reside in Laguna Beach. Details may be found here. The deadline is September 1.
COVID-19 ARTS CASUALTY:
THE ATTIC THEATRE 
J.D. Theatricals, the nonprofit organization better known as The Attic Theatre in Santa Ana, has closed its doors and has moved out of its premises. View this KABC-TV news story about the loss of this community theatre asset. 
ADVOCACY NEWS:
NEA FUNDING INCREASES PASSES CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMITTEE 
From Americans for the Arts: This week, the U.S House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee strongly rejected President Trump's fourth consecutive annual budget request to eliminate both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by instead appropriating $170 million in funding for each for fiscal year FY 2021! This represents an increase for both agencies of $7.75 million each over the current FY 2020 funding level of $162.25 million and it is the same amount that we recommended to Congress. Additionally, the House bill includes specific language requested by Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund to enable the NEA to waive financial matching grant requirements and to allow grantees to use the federal funds for general operating support as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These new funds would not limit eligibility to only recent NEA grantees and would apply to FY 2021 grants as well as any outstanding FY 2020 and 2019 grant funds.
This bill will proceed next to the full U.S. House Appropriations Committee, then the House floor before moving to the Senate chamber for consideration over the coming weeks and months.
ADVOCACY NEWS:
CAC FUNDING SUSTAINED IN STATE'S APPROVED BUDGET  
From Californians for the Arts: Non-profit arts organizations employing hundreds of thousands of artists in community engagement programs across the state can breathe a sigh of relief for the moment as the California Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom sign the 2020-21 budget with the funding for the California Arts Council, the state arts agency intact. Facing a $54 billion state deficit, lawmakers were forced to make some tough choices on where to fill revenue holes, make difficult cuts or to roll back new programs. "We are grateful to Governor Gavin Newsom and to the Legislature for recognizing the value of state funded arts and culture programs in California by protecting the California Arts Council budget at $26 million in ongoing funds", says Victoria Hamilton, Board President of Californians for the Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and resources for arts and culture. 
Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. 
It is a powerhouse in advancing Orange County's arts ecology, a trailblazer in advocating workforce development through arts education, a leader in building future audiences and a trendsetter in the world of nonprofit arts councils.

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