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2013 Orange County Arts Initiative Grants Offered      


Arts Orange County and The Orange County Community Foundation have been collaborating since 2004 to strengthen the region's arts infrastructure.

The 2013 OC Arts Initiative Grant program seeks to engage the public in ways that involve creative expression by audience members. Applications will be accepted through October 30, 2013.  Arts organizations with budgets of under $2 million are eligible to apply.  Complete guidelines and application forms may be found here.


A grants workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 9th at 3:00 p.m. at OCCF (4041 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 510 Newport Beach, CA 92660). RSVP to Aava Nami at by October 4th.


Surprise Announcements at SCR's 50th Anniversary Gala
The Orange County Register's Paul Hodgins reported that at last weekend's 50th Anniversary Gala for South Coast Repertory, two major announcements were made.  Paul Folino (above right), whose $10 million gift in 2002 was then the largest made to a regional theatre, asked that the Folino Theatre Center hereafter be named after SCR's founders David Emmes and Martin Benson. 

The same evening, Julianne Argyros made the surprise announcement that she and her husband George (above left) were making a $2 million gift to the theatre.  The gala itself netted $1 million for SCR.  What a way to kick off their 50th season!
Anaheim's Chance Theater Breaks Ground on New Space

Chance Theater staff members Masako Tobaru, Oanh Nguyen, Erika C. Miller, Jeff Hellebrand and Casey Long (left to right) celebrate the expansion of their facilities at a recent Hard Hat Party.  They will move into a new theater that will double the square footage and has the potential to triple the seating capacity.  This major news from the Chance comes after months of strategic planning and successful fundraising efforts, with $235,000 of the first phase's $465,000 goal raised thus far.  The Chance is slated to move into its new home in time to kick off its 2014 Season in February.   The new space is located at the opposite end of the parking lot of their existing facility on La Palma Avenue in Anaheim, and will allow them to expand programming, create a more comfortable experience for audiences and artists, and help ensure their long-term operation and fiscal stability.  The expanded theater is designed with the intention to meet ticket demand (the Chance has been playing at an average 94% capacity for the last three years), offer additional education outreach programs, and truly allow the company to spread its wings.  




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Pacific Symphony's Carl St.Clair

Adds Costa Rica Music Directorship to His Schedule


The Orange County Register's Tim Mangan reports that Pacific Symphony music director Carl St.Clair has accepted a one year appointment as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, where he has previously guest conducted.  This will be in addition to his duties at Orange County's premier orchestra. 



City of Brea's Emily Keller Retiring


City of Brea Director of Community Services, Emily Keller, is retiring after 33 years as a leading champion of the arts in that community.  Much of the success of the its art gallery, Curtis Theatre and public art program is due to Emily's efforts over the years, working closely with Council Members and Staff at the City of Brea.  Emily also served on the original John Wayne Airport Arts Commission.


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