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Arts + STEM Education Moving Full STEAM Ahead

ArtsOC's Pat Wayne (far right) participated in the STEAM Forum panel for OC Business Council on July 17.  From left:  Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor, OC Business Council; Pam Keller, Executive Director, The Fullerton Collaborative; Katrina Foley, Member, Board of Education, Newport-Mesa Unified School District; Bobby Ram, Managing Director, SunPower Corporation.

Orange County is at the epicenter of efforts to promote and invest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math education (STEAM) in the public schools.  Arts Orange County is the project coordinator for "Arts and STEM Collaborative for 21st Century Learning," a collaboration involving the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, its counterpart to the north, the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.  Funded  through a major grant from The Boeing Company, this project has brought together some of the best minds in the arts and sciences, education, government, business and the philanthropic community.
The Orange County Business Council has been pursuing a parallel track of raising awareness among business leaders about the importance of STEAM education.  Richard Porras, Regional Vice President of AT&T chairs OCBC's Workforce Development Committee, which recently hosted a STEAM Forum at Hoag Irvine that included ArtsOC's Deputy Director Pat Wayne (photo above).
The annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region documents that 1 out of 6 jobs in Orange County are in the creative sector, but it also reveals the fact that those industries are finding it difficult to recruit well-qualified employees.  For several years, The Boeing Company has focused its philanthropy in the region toward improving arts education in the schools, working with ArtsOC, OCDE and the California Alliance for Arts Education, to help ensure that the talent pool for technology jobs is rich with candidates that embrace collaboration, think creatively and can contribute to the company's innovation.

Bank of America Renews Its Support for ArtsOC Roundtables

 Alexander F. Stimpson (left), Senior Vice President-Investments, Merrill Lynch, presents a grant check from Bank of America Foundation to ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein.
Arts Orange County's professional development roundtables for Orange County arts leaders is being supported for the fourth year in a row by Bank of America Foundation.  These gatherings convene CEOs, development and marketing VPs, city arts coordinators and others for topical presentations and candid conversation on subjects related to their field. Some recent roundtables:  "Marketing the Arts to Death:  Trevor O'Donnell," "Navigating Political Change to Sustain City Arts Programs:  Emily Keller," "Making the Case for Capacity Building Support:  Todd Hanson & Anne Olin."




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

Thursday, July 25, 4:30-6 PM at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa.  Admission is free.
Please Thank Speaker Perez for State Arts Funding Increase!
ArtsOC asks members of the arts community to take a moment to send an e-mail thank you to Assembly Speaker John Perez for providing an increase in funds to the California Arts Council recently.  Use this easy link.
Casa Romantica Names New CEO
Berenika Schmitz has been named the new Executive Director of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, located in San Clemente, CA. Berenika has served as Executive and Artistic Director of the Dana Point Symphony and as arts consultant to the City of Dana Point, CA. As a world-class concert pianist, Berenika has performed across the globe for numerous audiences, including celebrities and dignitaries. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in music and government and has a master's degree from Oxford University in cultural policy. Berenika is a fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts DeVos Institute of Art Management in Washington, DC.       

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