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ArtsOC Announces 2013 OC Arts Awards Honorees

Arts Orange County has announced its 14th Annual Orange County Arts Awards honorees, which will take place on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Its Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Awards for lifetime achievement will go to arts philanthropists S. Paul and Marybelle Musco, Bowers Museum President Dr. Peter Keller, Fullerton Friends of Music Founder Beulah Strickler, and contemporary art champion and gallery owner Peter Blake.

The Annual Achievement Award for Outstanding Artist will go to sculptor Andre Woodward, for Outstanding Arts Organization to the Laguna College of Art + Design, and for Outstanding Contribution to the Built Environment to the New Swan Theater of University of California, Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Honorary Chairs of the 2013 Orange County Arts Awards are arts patrons Bette and Wylie Aitken. Mr. Aitken, a nationally known attorney and founder of the firm Aitken-Aitken-Cohn in Santa Ana, is also Chairman of the California Arts Council, the state arts agency. 

The Event Chair is arts patron and Arts Orange County board member Janet M. Ray, who has served in that capacity since 2009.  

Co-emcees for this year's event are Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, and Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County since 2008.

Upcoming issues of the ArtsOC newsletter will profile the honorees.  More event details available here. Also, read about it in the Orange County Register here.




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ArtsOC Encourages You to Attend the California Arts Council "Listening Tour" Visit in Costa Mesa July 25

Here is your chance to be heard about the status of the California Arts Council (CAC) and to offer your ideas for its future programs and services!  CAC is conducting a "listening tour" - a series of meetings around the state to ask for input from the arts field as they create a new Strategic Plan. They will visit Orange County on Thursday, July 25, 4:30-6 PM at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa.  Admission is free.

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