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Latino Arts Network to Honor Emigdio Vasquez


Emigdio Vasquez, one of the most prolific and famous artists to come out of Orange County, has been selected for the prestigious "Maestro" award from the Latino Arts Network (LAN), a California association of Latino Museums and Cultural Centers in partnership with the California Arts Council.  


The award & reception will take place Saturday, May 25 from 11am-4pm.  The event will be hosted by local arts leader United Artists of Santa Ana (UASA) and Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA). OCCCA will also feature an exhibition of Mr. Vasquez's work in March 2014.


In depicting multi-cultural mid-century Santa Ana, Emigdio Vasquez excelled in portraying many Orange County landmarks & personalities: Fruit Pickers, Labor Leaders, Zoot Suits, Pachucos, and Nostalgic Neighborhoods & Street Scenes.

Mr. Vasquez has created over 400 paintings and 22 murals in Orange County. Additionally, his work hangs in the residence of the US Ambassador to the United Nations stationed in Rome, Italy.  


Mr. Vasquez' art will be on display for the duration of Saturday's event and the maestro himself will be present along with family & friends to celebrate his 74th birthday.  Local families, seniors and art lovers are all invited to this free event!

Mr. Vasquez was recently honored by Cal State Fullerton and featured in both the OC Weekly & OC Register as a major Orange County artist. Presenting the award will be Latino Arts Network Executive Director, Rebecca Nevarez, and President, Tomas Benitez. 


In addition to LAN & UASA representatives, several local speakers will pay tribute to Emigdio Vasquez throughout the event, including OC Weekly Editor and nationally-syndicated columnist Gustavo Arellano.

Orange County Delegation Attends CREATE CA - 

Two OC Schools Recognized at Conference

An Orange County contingent attended a state-wide convening at Fresno State University to help forge an action plan for implementing key recommendations from "A Blueprint for California Schools: How the Arts and Creative Education can Transform California Classrooms." This task force was jointly formed by the California Department of Education and the California Arts Council. Special recognition was given to two Orange County high schools who were part of the first group to receive distinguished school awards for Arts Education: Northwood
High School in Irvine USD and Mission High School in Saddleback USD.


Pictured from left to right are: Pat Wayne, Deputy Director for Arts OC; Ben Case, Northwood High School VAPA Chair and Director of Instrumental Music; Leslie Roach, Northwood High School Principal; Brad Van Patten, VAPA Coordinator for Irvine Unified School District; Mary Galuska, Orange Alliance for Arts Education and California State PTA Arts Chairman; Jim Thomas, VAPA Coordinator for OC Dept. of Education; and Troy Botello, Executive Director for VSA California.

Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock is Soka's Commencement Speaker

Soka University of America (SUA) in Alisa Viejo has announced that jazz great and peace ambassador Herbie Hancock will be the Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2013 on May 24, 2013 in the Soka Performing Arts Center.  This will be the 9th undergraduate graduating class from SUA's Aliso Viejo campus, which opened in May 2001.
Hancock received an Academy Award for his Round Midnight film score and 14 Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year for "River:  The Joni Letters," and two 2011 Grammy Awards for the recently released globally collaborative CD, "The Imagine Project." Many of his compositions, including "Canteloupe Island," "Maiden Voyage," "Watermelon Man" and "Chameleon," are modern standards that have had a profound effect on all styles of contemporary music.


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Pacific Symphony Appoints

Gregory Cox as VP Development

Gregory Cox has been appointed as Pacific Symphony's new Vice President for Development.  Most recently, he held the position of Vice President for Development at KPCC-FM, Southern California's largest NPR-affiliate station.  Previously, he served in development leadership roles at the Long Beach Symphony, Cal State Long Beach, and Claremont Graduate School.


2013 Orange County Nonprofit Salary Survey: Trends and Practices


A lunch discussion featuring Regina Birdsell, CEO, and Sally Angel, Survey Analyst, of Center for Nonprofit Management, about the findings from the 2013 Southern California Nonprofit Salary Survey. Includes a copy of the Orange County Salary Survey Report!


Tuesday, June 4th, 12pm - 2pm  

THINK Together Home Office - Training Room

2100 E. 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

$15 for survey participants, $75 for non-survey participants


Sign up: 2013 Salary Survey: Trends & Practices

Bank of America
Bank of America Nonprofit Impact Series

Free Webinar - May 30
: A Participatory Approach to Outcome Measurement


Is your organization seeking a credible, rigorous, yet accessible, way to demonstrate the results of your efforts to your constituents, funders and other key stakeholders?   If so, you and your colleagues are encouraged to attend this introductory webinar on Success Measures - a leading outcome evaluation resource for the community development field and philanthropy, based at NeighborWorks America. This session will include current examples of how this participatory approach equips nonprofits and their funders with skills and tools needed to build internal evaluation capacity, improve programs, and communicate success. 

New Grant Opportunity for Outstanding Youth or Youth Group


AFP Orange County is offering a new grant opportunity associated with this year's National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.  The OUTSTANDING YOUTH or YOUTH GROUP honoree will be given the opportunity to grant $2,500 to a non-profit of their choice as part of their award and recognition.  Details here.


Ovation is the only cable network exclusively devoted to the arts and artistic expression in America and a vital element in the national arts delivery system.  On January 1, 2013 Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks dropped Ovation from their channel line-up, causing approximately 20 million people to lose access to the only cable network exclusively devoted to the arts and artistic expression in the country.




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