June 11, 2022
Each week, Arts Orange County and Voice of OC are excited to deliver to you this look at the stories and events happening in our arts and cultural community.
As part of Muzeo's new artist-in-residence program, Makers@Muzeo, contemporary south L.A./Chicano painter Jaime “Germs” Zacarias will be exhibiting works as well as working in an onsite studio to create new works expressing his history and heritage through futuristic designs MORE
♦ Culture ♦
Orange County’s history of Pride dates back to 1835 when Dana Point was named after Richard Henry Dana, a seaman and author whose name was found on a list of non-fiction authors who’ve referenced or contacted supposed “homosexuals,” according to Barbara Muirhead, creator of the Orange County Historical LGBT Timeline.

Later, during the early 1900s, Laguna Beach’s film industry brought in queer people and established itself as a popular queer community. Now, the county has its own LGBTQ Center of OC and OC Pride nonprofit festival and parade.

People of all ages can celebrate, learn and recognize the history of this diverse community. For kids, there was Pretend City Children’s Museum’s “Rainbow Families” event on June 1 that shared a collection of stories of children with LGBTQ+ families. For teenagers and adults, there are an array of exciting Pride events to attend to feel connected, enjoy your time or show support.
♦ Culture/Visual Art ♦
Media Arts Santa Ana is planning to open a new Digital Art and Workspace for Santa Ana and Orange County residents, with free or accessible classes, film screenings, workshops and free access to digital technology.
Each week, we recommend a variety of events and experiences from the listings at SparkOC.com, our free website for Orange County's arts and cultural community. We always suggest you be mindful of the most recent health and safety guidelines in California, Orange County, and the venue for the listing.
♦ Local Spotlight ♦
Local country artist Victoria Bailey brings her contemporary sounds to the outdoor ocean terrace at San Clemente's Casa Romantica MORE
♦ Wallet Friendly ♦
A free outdoor celebration of Japanese food, culture, and art fills Anaheim's GardenWalk with over 100 vendors, live music, and a beer and sake garden for guests over 21 MORE
♦ For the Family ♦
Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre presents a musical about a middle-school girl and her fears about her first day at a new school in a new town - and people aged 16-25 can attend for free MORE
♦ Wildcard ♦
Gnarly Q provides the food and The Barefoot Movement provides the musical backdrop for this beloved annual concert from Laguna Live! at the main campus of LCAD MORE
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- Craig Wells,
President, Board of Trustees
Orange County Museum of Art
Voice of OC is Orange County's nonprofit newsroom with a mission to consistently deliver fair, focused and thorough journalism on critical quality of life and local issues for Orange County communities.
Arts Orange County builds appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. Event information provided by SparkOC, an Arts OC program.