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Santora Building Sale Raises Major Concerns

The historic Santora Building, the ornate landmark building that helps anchor the downtown Santa Ana Artists Village, that is home to artist studios and galleries, and is frequented by thousands of visitors at the monthly Art Walk, is being purchased by an Irvine-based church called Newsong.


A spokesman for Newsong characterizes the church as having been interested in the building because of its artistic community and expressed a desire to continue nurturing that. However, Newsong made no advance contact with the Santora tenants prior to entering escrow and has not, as of yet, met with them.


Arts Orange County made contact with a Newsong spokesman and a meeting is pending to discuss the concerns of the artistic community.

Media reports say the building is not zoned for a place of worship. However, Newsong's plans include a 300-seat worship space.


Among the concerns expressed by artists include losing their space to higher paying non-artist tenants and the possible censorship of work that does not conform to the religious standards of Newsong.


Here are links to the latest coverage in various local media:

Voice of OC             OC Weekly            Orange County Register

Día del Niño Attracts More Than 1,000 Attendees


Día del Niño photos by Eveling Cerda

Arts Orange County & El Centro Cultural de Mexico's 

Día del Niño took place last Sunday as part of ArtsOC's 27th Annual Imagination Celebration


The day featured 16 performing groups, including the Grammy Award-nominated La Santa Cecilia and many local community and school groups, including Relampago del Cielo, Cambodian Family, Barrio Writers, plus 16 hands-on visual and performing arts workshops, including puppetry with The Rogue Artists Ensemble, the Art Cart van and The Bowers Museum.


More than 1,000 attended the day's festivities in downtown Santa Ana's Birch Park, adjacent to the Senior Center which provided an inspiring Senior Poetry Slam on stage.


Dozens of volunteers from El Centro and UC Irvine helped keep things flowing smoothly and conducted face to face interviews with more than 150 attendees.  The results of the surveys will help Arts Orange County and El Centro evaluate the success of the event as well as make changes to it in 2013.


Dia del Nino was generously supported through a two-year grant from The James Irvine Foundation.  Additional support for the event came from The California Endowment, The Fieldstone Foundation, Macy's and the City of Santa Ana

UC Irvine's Nicole Mitchell Among Inaugural Recipients of

Doris Duke Artists Award

Nicole Mitchell, jazz flutist, composer, bandleader and music professor at University of California, Irvine, was selected as one of twenty-one of America's most vital and productive performing artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and multidisciplinary work announced today as the first class of Doris Duke Artists, an unprecedented new initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Each member of the first class will receive an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $50,000 more in targeted support for retirement savings and audience development. Provided to honorees through a rigorous, anonymous process of peer review-no applications are accepted-the grants are not tied to any specific project but are made as investments in the artists' personal and professional development and future work.
ArtsOC Founding Executive Director Bonnie Hall Named Vice President for Development at Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Bonnie Brittain Hall has joined the leadership at Philharmonic Society of Orange County as its new Vice President for Development.  Bonnie served as the Founding Executive Director of Arts Orange County for 14 years, during which the nonprofit arts council was consistently ranked as a model in the state. During her tenure, the arts council served a broad range of cultural organizations with grants, training, centralized marketing assistance; provided leadership on arts education issues; and created research and tools to report to community leaders about the growth and health of the county's cultural sector. Prior to her work representing the county's cultural sector, she served as Associate Director for the Laguna Art Museum and Director of Development for South Coast Repertory.


June 6 is the deadline to apply.

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its type, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.

Have You Updated Your SparkOC Listings Lately?

SparkOC July 2011


3 OC Arts Projects Win NEA Funding


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced on April 25, 2012, that the NEA plans to award 928 grants totaling $77.17 million to not-for-profit organizations and state arts agencies nationwide. Of that amount, 132 California organizations received $5.04 million, with $1.1 million to the California Arts Council


Three Orange County organizations were among the recipients:

Chance Theater in Anaheim received its first-ever NEA grant, in the amount of $10,000, to support its production of Jerry Springer: The Opera.

California State University, Fullerton received $10,000
to support a master class series for university and high school students. Artists will include pianists Louis Lortie and Helene Grimaud, violinists Itzhak Perlman and Jennifer Koh, conductors Keith Lockhart and David Robertson, singers Charles Castronovo and Natalie Dessay, wind players from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.   


Hutchins Consort, based in Orange & San Diego Counties, received $10,000 to support research and development costs for a documentary film about Carleen Hutchins, a scientist who created a new set of eight violins in the 1960s. The instruments, variations on the violin itself, were an innovation in both the scientific and music communities.


ArtsOC Convenings


May 9 - Reception for New OC Visual Arts Leaders - co-sponsored by UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts


May 10 - ArtsOC Marketing Roundtable - Guest Speaker: Beth Brooks, VP-Marketing, Pacific Symphony


June 1 - ArtsOC Roundtable for City Arts Coordinators


For more information and to register for these convenings, please contact Kristina Colby.   



50 OC arts leaders gathered on April 23 at South Coast Repertory's Nicholas Studio for ArtsOC's Advocacy Convening.  Featured speakers:  Malissa Shriver, Chair, California Arts Council; Wylie Aitken, Member, California Arts Council; Joe Landon, Executive Director, California Alliance for Arts Education; Jackie Koppell, Coordinator, California Arts Advocates. 


ArtsOC Professional Development Series is sponsored by

Bank of America 


Mobilize Your Board to Raise More Money: The Next Steps with Andy Robinson
Friday, May 18th, 8:30am - 12pm
ArtsOC members receive OneOC member registration rate.
Details here.

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National Endowment for the Arts 
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