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John Wayne Airport Student Art Winner Karen Ahn

Receives International Honors

An Orange County student has been recognized in the 2012 International Aviation Student Art Contest, themed "Silent Flight". Karen Ahn, 13, resident of Irvine and student at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. won second place for ages 10-13 with her interpretation of the contest theme.  Ahn also received first place at both the state and national level for her artwork.


"We're privileged to honor young artists who use their talent and creativity to depict the world of aviation," said John Wayne Airport(JWA) Director Alan L. Murphy. "Their artwork continues to be impressive and we're pleased and proud to give these students the opportunity for recognition through JWA's involvement in this annual competition."


JWA implemented its Annual Student Art Contest in 1990 as part of the opening of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. The contest is open to all Orange County public and private school students in Kindergarten through grade twelve. In 1996, the Airport began coordinating its art contest with the International Aviation Art Contest sponsored by the National Aeronautic Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration, in cooperation with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Port Theatre in Corona del Mar Reopens


The Port Theatre on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar has reopened after a 14 year closure during which its future was uncertain.  More details in the Orange County Register.




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The International House of Blues Foundation invites eligible school and nonprofit youth music and arts programs to apply to its Action for the Arts program for musical instruments, arts resources and grants of up to $2,500. Applications for the 2012-2013 program year will be accepted through August 15, 2012. Therefore, to receive support for next school year, you need to apply this summer. Preference will be given to applicants that provide programming to underserved youth populations. Visit our website for full eligibility, guideline and application information.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Irvine Fine Arts Center

14321 Yale Ave, Irvine, CA 92604


Join fellow EALs for a quick tour of the Irvine Fine Arts Center (IFAC);

Meet IFAC Exhibitions Curator Carl Berg and Fine Arts Program Coordinator Andrea Becerra as they share insights on their career path;

Roundtable Topic: Enhancing the Orange County arts community.  RSVP by August 13 to Kristina Colby, Program Coordinator, Arts Orange County.  Admission is free.


Call for OC Arts Organizations!


National Arts & Humanities Month will once again be promoted by Arts Orange County this October through the coordination of a county-wide audience development program.  Organizations interested in participating in FreeFall for the Arts are encouraged to complete this short form.

OC Arts Organizations:

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