At ArtsOC's Convening, James Irvine Foundation Presentation Emphasizes Participation as Engagement Strategy

Nearly 100 OC Arts Leaders Gathered on January 31

at the Orange County Great Park

Josephine Ramirez, Arts Program Director of The James Irvine Foundation and Alan S. Brown, Principal of WolfBrown engage in dialogue with OC arts leaders following their presentation, "Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation."  Attendees were welcomed by Orange County Great Park Board Chair Beth Krom and the Park's Manager of Arts, Culture & Heritage Henry Korn.

Over the past several years, Alan S. Brown has been researching the behavior and motivation of arts producers, presenters, practitioners and consumers for The James Irvine Foundation.  Periodic reports released publicly have prompted much discussion by professional arts producers and presenters about possible new ways to engage audiences.  Arts Orange County, in collaboration with the Orange County Great Park, convened OC arts leaders to hear about the latest study "Getting In On the Act: How Arts Groups are Creating Opportunities for Active Participation." .  Balancing their missions of artistic excellence with providing highly participatory arts experiences is a challenge that many OC arts organizations are trying very hard to accomplish, and early results indicate that they are developing successful ways to do so.  And in fact, Orange County's Pacific Symphony was one of the case studies in the new report.  ArtsOC is developing plans for a follow-up conversation with attendees at this convening who wish to delve more deeply into the subject.

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Pat Wayne Promoted to Deputy Director at Arts Orange County


Arts Orange County's Pat Wayne, who has served as its Director of Programs and Education since 2004, has been promoted to Deputy Director.  Before coming to ArtsOC, Pat's experience includes serving as Deputy Director of the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Arts Council, Manager of Community Programs at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and managing director of a regional theatre and regional dance company.


"Pat is a seasoned arts professional whose experience and dedication are recognized by our Board, staff and the arts community as tremendous assets to the work Arts Orange County performs," commented ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein.  "In many respects, this promotion merely recognizes the key leadership role she has already been playing here since I joined the organization in 2008."

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