Arts OC invites you to hear the latest information about initiatives from the three state-wide organizations working on behalf of our arts community


Monday April 23, 2012

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


A wine & cheese reception will follow the presentation. 


Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Chair of the California Arts Council:

Malissa Feruzzi Shriver was appointed to the California Arts Council (CAC) by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005 and elected as Chair on January 27, 2009. She has tirelessly led an effort to revitalize the state agency through a major campaign to promote the arts license plate, fostering legislation that resulted in professionalizing the position of CAC director and connecting the CAC more directly to the arts education community.  The professional painter, writer, and owner of Feruzzi Fine Arts grew up here in Orange County.  Malissa will update us on the CAC's efforts.


Joe Landon, Executive Director of California Alliance for Arts Education:

Joe Landon became Executive Director of the Alliance last July after helping it to achieve
greater influence in Sacramento since 2006 as its Policy Director.  Previously, Joe worked as a speech writer and senior consultant for Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg and Assemblymember Wilma Chan.  His early professional career was spent as a playwright, with his works produced at the American Conservatory Theater and Z Space in San Francisco and the Manhattan Theater Club in New York. He also wrote for television, with credits that include the movie "The Comeback Kid" and the award winning series "The Paper Chase."  Joe will update us on SB 789, legislation that aims to
create an index to measure student opportunities for creativity and innovation in schools.


Jacqueline Koppel of California Arts Advocates:  Jacquie became Program Director for the California Arts Advocates in 2011 after leading the highly successful non-partisan campaign Arts in the California Governor's Race 2010.  She will augment Malissa and Joe's updates on pending legislation impacting the arts, and she will illuminate us about the appropriate actions we can take to make a difference, especially in light of the upcoming election season. 


Don't miss this unique opportunity to network with colleagues  

and learn how you can make a difference and what you and your organization can do to support key initiatives.  


Please RSVP by April 19 to or call 714-556-5160, X 14 ________________________________________

Nicholas Studio

South Coast Repertory 

655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA