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State Arts Funding Bill Advances in Legislature

Since 2003, California has ranked last among all the states in per capita investment in the arts--allocating just three cents per person from the General Fund. A new bill, AB 580, sponsored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, will leverage the arts as a proven and powerful catalyst for spurring local economies and for preparing California's workforce to prosper in the global creative economy.  AB 580, which passed the Assembly's Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media on April 9th, will now be considered by its Appropriations Committee.  Read more here in LA Times article.


Early supporters of AB 580 in Orange County include Arts Orange County, Bowers Museum, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Chance Theatre, Laguna Art Museum, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, MUZEO, Pacific Symphony, Segersrom Center for the Arts, Soka Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertory, and The Wooden Floor. 


Soon, ArtsOC will be asking the Orange County arts community to communicate with their elected representatives about this bill.  More information may be found at the California Arts Advocates website.

230 Year Old Mission San Juan Capistrano Updates its Gatehouse

Just in time for the return of the swallows, Mission San Juan Capistrano recently opened the doors to its newly rehabilitated 1916 gatehouse, part of a two-stage improvement to the historic site.  The new entrance is a welcome change for visitors.  The second phase calls for moving the gift shop and opening up its former Sala space for museum exhibits.

"The Scream Contest":  A fun & unforgettable event

Free at the Orange County Great Park - April 20th

Acclaimed New York-based performance artist duo 31 Down will turn Historic Hangar 244 at the Orange County Great Park into the home of "The Scream Contest."  In this dramatic and unforgettable event, 31 Down and local musicians will provide live music and sound effects while audience volunteers take turns reading short radio theatre scenes, rocking out with the band, and letting out their best blood-curdling screams.  The frequency-measuring SCREAM-o-METER will determine the best screamers in the audience, and the most impressive sets of lungs will receive a mystery prize.  The event takes place on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 7:30 pm.  Admission & parking are free.  Read more.
Día del Niño Teams Santa Ana's El Centro Cultural de Mexico and Arts Orange County for a Second Year

Honoring youth & celebrating childhood through the arts during a day of free performances & participatory arts activities for all ages, ArtsOC and El Centro Cultural de Mexico are collaborating for a second year in the presentation of Dia del Nino. The all day festival will begin at 10 am with a Butterfly March starting at Santa Ana Plaza (321 East Fourth Street, near Fourth & French)in a colorful and musical procession through downtown Santa Ana ending up at Birch Park, the site of the festival. Throughout the day there will be free workshops, activities and performances, including visual arts, music, theatre, dance, writing and more. Read more here. Major funding has been provided by The James Irvine Foundation.




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Arpana Dance Company Celebrates its 30th Year with New Production

Pacific Symphony Calling All Artists for Unique Collaboration Around "The Rite of Spring" Centennial

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Bank of America Bank of America Foundation Holding Grants Application Webinars April 16 and 17

Register for April 16 here.

Register for April 17 here

OC Youth Symphony Orchestra
Holds Auditions for 2013-14


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State Senator Bob Huff
Asks 29th Senate District Artists to Submit Work for Annual Art Show
(Portions of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Placentia, Stanton, Yorba Linda)

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