Hold the Date: Tuesday, September 18

13th Annual Orange County Arts Awards

Helena Modjeska Award Honorees Announced

Call for Annual Achievement Award Nominations


(Pictured clockwise from left) Elizabeth Turk, Douglas C. Rankin, Gloria Zigner, Soka Performing Arts Center


Arts Orange County's 13th Annual Orange County Arts Awards will take place on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in the Samueli Theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  Recipients of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award will include:


Elizabeth Turk - The Santa Ana artist was honored in 2010 with a MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowship for her extraordinary, intricate, ribbon-like sculptures in marble.


Douglas C. Rankin - The founding President of the Irvine Barclay Theatre is celebrating his 25th year with the organization,  from planning and construction of the venue to making it one of the nation's foremost presenters of contemporary dance.


Gloria Zigner - This community visionary is the Founder and Executive Producer of the CHOC Follies, now in its 15th year, a stage show combining professional and amateur talent that has raised more than $5 million for Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).


A special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Built Environment will be awarded to Soka University for its impressive new Performing Arts Center, whose inaugural presentations have included the Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and other world class artists in an acoustically and aesthetically outstanding facility for campus and community.



Arts Orange County is seeking nominations from the arts community for Annual Achievement Awards that will be given in the categories of Outstanding Arts Patron, Outstanding Artist (Visual, Performing or Literary), and Oustanding Arts Organization.  Guidelines and nomination form may be found here.  The deadline is May 1.

Next in the Best of British Theatre series of screenings from the

National Theatre of Great Britain...

She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to Conquer - Audience Feedback
One of the great, generous-hearted and ingenious comedies of the English language, Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer offers a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family.

Thursday, April 12, 7:15 pm

 In HD on the big screen at Irvine Barclay Theatre, presented in association with Arts Orange County.

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OC Nonprofit Salary Survey

Deadline April 6

For the first time, OC-specific salary data will be collected, analyzed, and made available to our nonprofit community, in addition to Southern California-wide data. OneOC is excited to partner with the Center for Nonprofit Management to publish a Compensation and Benefits Survey specific to Orange County's nonprofits, made possible through funds from Orange County Community Foundation

For details & to participate in the survey, click here.

Major OC Arts Patron Donald Kennedy Has Died

Donald Kennedy, who played a leading role in the growth and development of the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, has died at the age of 93.  According to the Los Angeles Times obituary, as board chairman at the Bowers, "he was instrumental in negotiating partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution and the British Museum, greatly expanding the museum's offerings to the public. His support for a major addition - the Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing - tripled the Bowers' exhibit space."  Kennedy also served on the board of South Coast Repertory.  Kennedy transformed his family's firm, Orange County Title Company, into one of the world's largest title insurance companies, First American Financial.

Bank of America 

Bank of America Grant Priorities for 2012 Being Announced
Bank of America will share with the community an overview of its giving priorities through webinars over the next two weeks.  Although Bank of America will continue to support arts organizations, there are some specific objectives that are being sought in terms of community impact from their grants.

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