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Statewide Arts Education Advocacy Efforts Set Sail

Recently, the California Alliance for Arts Education staff and board members invited thirty local arts education alliance organizers to board the RMS Queen Mary for its third annual Local Advocacy Retreat. The retreat was facilitated by Arts Orange County's Pat Wayne (top row, far left). The boat never left the harbor, but we covered new territory for arts education advocacy, including the new Local Control Funding (LCFF) and the shift to Common Core.

LCFF represents an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen arts education and integrations programs in California schools. Working in partnership with Arts Orange County, the California Alliance for Arts Education is developing tools to help local advocates seize this opportunity.
Best of British Theatre Series Continues October 10 with Screening of National Theatre production of "Othello"
presented by Irvine Barclay Theatre in association with Arts Orange County
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NT Live: "Othello"

Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:15 p.m.
Irvine Barclay Theatre

Tickets: $20 general; $15 students & seniors

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Thousands of Free Tickets Awarded

Arts Orange County's 4th annual audience development campaign, FreeFall for the Arts, awarded more than 2,000 arts event tickets from 25 different arts organizations to 670 patrons across Orange County. Throughout October (National Arts & Humanities Month) patrons will use these tickets to experience new arts organizations and try out new arts disciplines.

Participating organizations included: All American Boys Chorus, Bowers Museum, Brea Curtis Theatre, Camino Real Playhouse, Chance Theater,  Chapman University, Children's Museum of La Habra, de Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Festival Ballet Theatre, Fullerton College, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Laguna Art Museum, Muckenthaler Cultural Center, MUZEO, Mysterium Theatre, Orange County Museum of Art, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Saddleback College, Silent River Film Festival, Soka Performing Arts Center, South Coast Repertory, South Coast Symphony, and UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts.




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Arts OC presents

"Audience Now" workshop with Matt Lehrman


Save the Date:

Wed. Nov. 6

9 am - 12 noon

Costa Mesa


Arts Orange County is bringing back arts marketing guru Matt Lehrman to conduct a brand new half-day workshop on a whole-organization approach to audience-building.


Who should attend:  Executive Directors, Artistic Directors, Curators, Development Executives, Marketing Professionals, Board Leaders, Philanthropic & Municipal Stakeholders, and your organization's Emerging Leaders.


More details & registration information coming soon.


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, 92660). RSVP to Aava Nami at [email protected] by October 4th.



An artistic team that includes OC Arts Awards statuette sculptor Christopher Schulz, will be unveiling and demonstrating their groundbreaking HD 3-D real-time body scanning technology on October 17 and 18, from 6-9 pm, at 23011 Moulton Parkway, Suite A-15, Laguna Hills.  The public is invited to check it out and there will be free scan giveaways, refreshments, and performances.  RSVP to [email protected].




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