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ArtsOC Board Leadership Transition

Darrel D. Anderson (above right), has served as President of the Arts Orange County Board of Directors since 2006, and has now been succeeded in that role by Rick M. Smetanka (above left).  Anderson, who is active in serving on the Boards of a number of community organizations (including Orange County Museum of Art and Philharmonic Society of Orange County), remains a member of the ArtsOC Board.  Smetanka is Partner-in-Charge, Audit & Business Advisory Services Group at Haskell & White LLP, and has served on the ArtsOC Board since 2010. Darrel Anderson received recognition for his dedicated service as President from Rick M. Smetanka at ArtsOC's December Board meeting.

ArtsOC Launches 15th Arts Education Alliance in OC


Arts Orange County recently launched its 15th Local Arts Education Alliance (in La Habra).  Arts Orange County plays a leadership role in advocating for quality, equity and access of standards based, comprehensive arts education in the county's K-12 schools.

Under the mentorship of Arts OC and in partnership with the California Alliance for Arts Education and The Boeing Company, local alliances are being operated in most of Orange County's school districts to support each district's strategic arts plan and to insure that every student has access to a quality, standards-based arts education.  Read more here.




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Action Alert!

Ovation, the national arts TV network, has been informed by Time Warner Cable of its intention to drop Ovation from its programming lineup, and has put out an urgent call to the arts community to respond by signing an online petition here.


In Orange County, Ovation generously helped subsidize local arts organization participation ina special feature section in an upcomng US Airways Magazine issue.  Nationwide, Ovation has contributed $14 million to arts and arts education in the communities it serves.


2013 Día Del Niño  

We are now accepting proposals from arts organizations for  "Día Del Niño"/"Day of the Child" Arts Festival on April 28th in Birch Park, downtown Santa Ana, presented by Arts Orange County and El Centro Cultural de Mexico. 

For more details and to signal your interest, please use this form link.  Submission Deadline is Jan 18, 2013.

Also, "LIKE" our Facebook page for "Día Del Niño" here.


A new non-commerical FM radio station has launched in Laguna Beach.  Its music format is "generational alt rock from the 1960s to today."  It is also broadcasting an hour-long show on Sunday evenings called "The Hollywood Happening," hosted by arts journalist Stacy Davies, featuring celebrity vocals plus interviews.



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