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Orange County Arts Leaders Meet With New Orange County Register Publisher Aaron Kushner


Arts Orange County brought together arts leaders at its offices to lunch with the new publisher of the Orange County Register, Aaron Kushner, today.  It was the first opportunity for them to meet the new owner of its major daily newspaper.  The 15 leaders represented large and mid-sized budget arts organizations and higher education.  After hearing brief overviews of their organizations, Kushner shared his vision for the Register and asked how the paper can meet the needs of the Orange County arts community.  During the two hour meeting, the discussion covered issues such as arts education and audience engagement, and what role the Register might be able to play in helping to address them, concluding with Kushner offering to attend a future meeting with arts leaders.


Those in attendance were:  Karen Ahola, Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens, San Clemente; Joe Arnold, Dean, College of the Arts, California State University, Fullerton; Jonathan Burke, President, Laguna College of Art & Design, Laguna Beach; Connie Jankowski, Festival Ballet Theatre; Jayce Keane, Pacific Symphony, Santa Ana; Peter Keller, President, Bowers Museum; Joseph S. Lewis III, Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine; Casey Long, Managing Director, The Chance Theatre, Anaheim; Doug Rankin, President, Irvine Barclay Theatre; Dawn Reese, Executive Director, The Wooden Floor, Santa Ana; John Scola, Executive Director, MUZEO, Anaheim; Paula Tomei, Managing Director, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa; Zoot Velasco, Executive Director, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton; Malcolm Warner, Executive Director, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; and Arts Orange County Executive Director Rick Stein.

Vote in the 2013 Imagination Celebration People's Choice Poster Contest!  Balloting Ends February 1st.

Voting is now taking place in the 2013 Imagination Celebration People's Choice Poster Contest!  Members of the public are invited to choose from the poster designs of 29 Orange County students that are displayed here.   This year's theme was "Full STEAM Ahead," reflecting the growing importance of the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in education today.  Select your favorite and cast your vote by 5pm on February 1st!

New Book Features Work of OC Fine Art Photographer

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art has announced that Zero+Publishing has released Jeff Alu: Surrealities, a volume featuring the work of Orange County fine art photographer and OCCCA member Jeff T. Alu.  According to a Wikipedia entry, Alu is also credited with having discovered numerous asteroids and co-discovering two comets!




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Save the Date!
4th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
Innovation "Guru" Tom Kelley
Wednesday, April 10 - 10 am

Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Arts Orange County presents its 4th Annual Creative Edge Lecture featuring Tom Kelley, co-founder of IDEO in a 90 minute presentation that will appeal to business, education, parents and community leaders. From the bestselling author of The Art of Innovation and The Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom will describe how the human-centered approach of "design think¬ing" can help companies and schools reinforce their own unique cultures of innovation.  Tickets go on sale January 28th.  Take advantage of the "Early Bird" price!

Innovation in the Arts

The free daily arts article digest, "You've Cott Mail," recently featured 4 provocative articles on the subject of why innovation in the arts matters.  You can view them here.

Free Webinar on Cross-Sector Partnerships Offered by
Bank of America

Nonprofits of all sizes are encouraged to attend this webinar which will provide new and proven ideas in fundraising, increasing capacity, expanding their market base and receiving exceptional benefits through the development of cross-sector partnerships.  The free webinar is part of Bank of America's Non-profit Impact Series, and takes place on Thursday, January 31 at 11 am (Pacific).  More information here.

Montalvo Arts Center Extends Deadline for Artist Residency Applications

Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, is hosting an open application process for California artists only for its Lucas Artists Residency program.  The deadline has been extended to February 8th. More details here.


California Arts Council "Creating Places of Vitality" Grants Program Accepting Applications


The "Creating Places of Vitality" (formerly "Creating Public Value") program offers opportunities to encourage creative innovation and to engage in meaningful cultural activities that can transform neighborhoods and communities to create a distinct sense of place.  It is aimed at rural and underserved areas of the state. More details here.

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