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Arts Orange County Expands Consulting Role to Assist Local Arts Organizations Advance their Goals

Arts Orange County plays an active role in providing professional development opportunities to leaders of some of the more than 600 arts organizations serving our community.  These are offered free of charge, thanks to the generous support of Bank of America Charitable Foundation.


However, in response to many requests for in-depth, customized consulting beyond the scope of our professional development programs, ArtsOC is making such services available at an affordable cost to local organizations.


These services range from expert facilitation of leadership retreats and other meetings to providing curatorial and production planning, managing calls-for-artists and artist competitions, conducting feasibility studies, and more.


Clients include University of California, Irvine-Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Orange County Great Park, Balboa Performing Arts Theatre, The Chance Theater, California Alliance for Arts Education, VSA California and Art Pulse.  


If you believe that your organization can benefit from some outside expertise, ArtsOC invites you to contact us for a free no-obligation meeting by emailing Executive Director Richard Stein.

The Irvine Museum Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
Frank Myers (1899-1956), The Charleston, Oil on canvas, 32 x 36 in., The Irvine Museum, among the works featured in the upcoming "Lasting Impressions" exhibition, January 26-June 6, 2013.
Founded by Joan Irvine Smith, Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke, and James Irvine Swinden (the museum's current president), and with California Impressionism expert Jean Stern at the helm as Executive Director, The Irvine Museum opened its doors on January 15, 1993.

"We made the momentous decision to define our museum not as a brick-and-mortar structure designed by a prestigious architect, but instead to define it as the collection itself and devote our funds toward documenting and preserving this historic art style and having the collection shown throughout the country," said the museum's president James Irvine Swinden. "It was important to have the museum be an integral part of the community and to make the collection readily accessible to all visitors. We agreed that the collection served no useful purpose being stored in a vault. We wanted everyone to enjoy the paintings."

Since its opening,  The Irvine Museum has been dedicated to the preservation and display of California art of the Impressionist period (1890-1930), and has played a principal role in the education and furtherance of this important regional variant of American Impressionism that has come to be associated with California and its landscape. 
Grand Central Art Center Awarded Grants

To mark the upcoming centenary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct (11.5.2013), the Metabolic Studio has awarded a grant, in the amount of $25,000, to California State University, Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center to realize a residency/project with artist Matthew Moore that will bring consciousness to the impact and importance of this monumental piece of hydraulic engineering.  The Metabolic Studio convened Chora Council 2012: an anonymous team of civic, tribal, educational, environmental, museum, and non-profit leaders from along the Aqueduct's 223-mile length to nominate the organizations and institutions that are receiving funding. This grant to Grand Central Art Center is one of twenty-one Chora Council grants, representing over $1.6 million of funding.  Grand Central Art Center also announced that it has received a $5,000 grant for general operating support from the Efroymson Family Fund.




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 National Endowment for the Arts 
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Pacific Life Foundation Awards Grants to 24 OC Arts Organizations
Pacific Life Foundation has long been a major contributor to Orange County's nonprofit community, including many arts & cultural organizations.  Its 2013 grantees include 24 OC arts organizations that will receive them at a ceremony later this month.  They include Anaheim Ballet, Arts Orange County, Ballet Etudes, Bowers Museum, Discovery Arts, Discovery Science Center, Festival Ballet Theatre, Friends of the Children's Museum at La Habra, Irvine Barclay Theatre, KidSingers, Laguna Art Museum, Ocean Institute, Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center, Orange County Great Park, Orange County School of the Arts Foundation, Orange County Museum of Art, PBS SoCal, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Relampago del Cielo, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Sherman Library and Gardens, South Coast Repertory, Southern California Public Radio, and The All-American Boys Chorus.

Affordable Winter/Spring Marketing Opportunities to Promote Your Upcoming Events & Classes

Dozens of OC arts organizations are promoting their events and classes through Arts Orange County's SparkOC marketing program.  Affordable winter/spring packages are available that include dedicated e-mail blasts to SparkOC subscribers and banner advertising on the website.  Contact Randy Montgomery for details.



Linked Orange County is presenting the best selling author at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Wednesday, January 16 at 6 pm.  If you missed Pink when he appeared previously in the OC during two presentations sponsored by ArtsOC and OC Department of Education, now is your chance to see him.  Ticket information here.


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We now show you which events have discounted tickets available through Goldstar.  When you access them directly from SparkOC, Goldstar provides Arts Orange County with a portion of the ticket service charge--a great way to support ArtsOC!  Check it out here!  Bookmark this link to browse all the Orange County ticket discounts.


Reminder -- Your help is needed!

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.

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