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2013 Arts Awards Profile:

  Peter Blake

  This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the honorees who will be recognized at the 14th Annual Orange County Arts Awards on Tuesday, September 24 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.  More information and tickets to the event here.

2013 Helena Cultural Legacy Award for Community Visionary


Twenty years ago, at a time when Orange County's gallery scene was almost entirely devoted to traditional art, a passionate art enthusiast with no formal art education or gallery experience founded a gallery in Laguna Beach. Since 1993, the Peter Blake Gallery has become a definitive source for modern and contemporary art in Orange County. Today, the gallery's program is focused on monochrome, concrete, modernist, post, color-based, radical, minimalist and abstract painting.

To say that championing the work of contemporary artists working in these genres is a challenge is an understatement, but Peter Blake has endured the ups and downs of the market and the recent recession, attaining a growing national and international reputation for his keen eye and gut instincts.


He is a ubiquitous figure on the Southern California art scene and is revered by artists and collectors alike for his tenacious devotion to bold contemporary art. Blake was also a founder of Gallery Row, uniting and encouraging the growth of the burgeoning district of art galleries on Coast Highway on the north side of Laguna Beach-a development that also contributed to the emergence of Orange County's most successful and popular monthly art walk program.

Emerging Arts Leaders-OC Pays a Vist to the OC Fair


Founded in 2012, Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County (EAL | OC) cultivates and empowers the next generation of leaders in Orange County's arts, culture, and creative industries. EAL | OC's monthly events alternate between networking mixers, site visits to arts organizations, panel discussions, arts outings, and other professional development activities.  To find out more about it, visit the EAL-OC Facebook page or contact EAL-OC.




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Build a Culture of Innovation in Your Organization

Following up on its spring lecture on "The Art of Innovation" featuring IDEO co-founder Tom Kelley, Arts Orange County has been conducting affordable workshops for organizations seeking to encourage their own culture of innovation.  


These organizations have already taken advantage of this program:  OC Children's Therapeutic Arts Center, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of OC, UCI-Claire Trevor School of the Arts, The Wooden Floor. 


To receive more information about this program, click here.

OVATION, the TV arts network, offers "innOVATION Grants" for STEAM Schools

Ovation, America's only arts network, has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH); and Americans for the Arts (AFTA) to introduce the second annual innOVATION Grant Awards Program. This year's innOVATION grant awards will be made to schools that have developed model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of integrating the arts into educational curriculum.

innOVATION STEAM grant awards of $10,000 will be made to up to eight schools with exemplary STEAM programs. The open application process kicks off today. Elementary through high school-level schools within the United States, including charter and magnet schools, are eligible to apply online.  The submission deadline is October 28.

Free Webinar on How Your Organization Can Benefit from Social Enterprise
The September 12 webinar in Bank of America's Nonprofit Impact Series will focus upon the hot topic of social enterprise.  Social enterprise is one of the most rapidly expanding ideas in the social sector.  This webinar will introduce the idea of social enterprise to nonprofit leaders who have heard a lot about it but are not quite sure what it is, how it can help them and how to get started.  More details here.
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