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The City of Santa Ana seeks to commission a work of public art to be placed at the northwest corner of Flower Street and Sunflower Avenue as part of the "Flower Street Bike Trail Phase II" project. Since this property was once owned and farmed by a Japanese-American farmer who greatly contributed to the growth and prosperity of this region, the artwork shall commemorate the important role of the Japanese-American immigrant agricultural community in Santa Ana.


This call is open to established professional artists residing in California who are eligible to work in the United States.




The selected artist/artist team will receive $80,000 to design, fabricate, engineer, and transport artwork to the project site. Artwork will be installed by the City of

Application guidelines & a link to the application may be found here. 


Arts Orange County has been contracted by the City of Santa Ana to manage the artist selection process.



Orange County Fair & Event Center

Work on "Table of Dignity," commissioned last year by the OC Fair & Event Center in a selection process managed by Arts Orange County is well under way, with plans to dedicate the installation prior to the opening of the 2014 OC Fair. See this article in The Daily Pilot. 


City of Newport Beach - Sculpture in the Civic Center Park

The call for artists closed on February 28th, and the selection panel will soon begin reviewing the entries from hundreds of artists.  The panel will submit its selections to the Arts Commission which will review and recommend them to the City Council for final approval in May.  Plans call for the exhibition to open in September.


If your city, business or organization will be conducting a public art project or arts competition, please contact Kristina Colby at Arts Orange County for information about how we can help.


Following the successful publication last fall of OC Register Magazine's Fall 2013 Arts Preview Issue, the Orange County Register is again partnering with Arts Orange County to publish 2 special arts issues in 2014:  a summer edition on May 12 and a fall edition on September 1.


ArtsOC is also assisting by collecting story ideas to share with OC Register Magazine's editors for their planning purposes.  Deadlines and specifications may be found here.


Arts + STEM Collaborative for 21st Century Learning is continuing its work as a "think tank," bringing together arts and science and education leaders in the region to advance high quality Arts + STEM education so that students will be prepared to drive the innovative workforce of the future. Major funding was provided by The Boeing Company to Los Angeles County Arts Commission for this tri-county initiative (LA, OC and San Diego counties).  Arts Orange County is serving as project coordinator.   More details here.



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Arts Orange County's Fifth Annual Creative Edge Lecture on March 26th features John Maeda, arguably the nation's thought-leader on STEM + Arts education.  He recently left his post as President of Rhode Island School of Design to become the Design Partner at the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins.  The lecture is sponsored by The Boeing Company and presented in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, 4th District PTA and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  More information and tickets here.

Arts Orange County and El Centro Cultural de Mexico will present their third annual "D�a Del Ni�o"/"Day of the Child" as a featured event within ArtsOC's  29th  Annual Imagination Celebration, a month-long county-wide festival of arts for families and children.  This traditional Mexican holiday celebrates a child's importance in society. The day-long festival will offer free arts experiences including participatory art-making experiences for all ages regardless of skill level.  On stage will be performances by professional artists, local arts organizations, schools, and community artists. Learn more. 

Pacific Chorale Launches "El Sistema"-Inspired Education Program

Pacific Chorale, the 45-year-old resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, is launching the pilot of an "El Sistema"-inspired, after-school program for two under-served elementary schools in Costa Mesa. The program is being offered to 4th to 6th graders at Rea and Pomona Elementary School, both Title I schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  



School music teachers will team with Pacific Chorale teaching artists to provide 2.5 hours of after-school instruction twice a week for 10 weeks. The curriculum will include training in vocal technique, ensemble singing and musicianship, and will be full of opportunities for performance, peer mentoring and fun. It begins this month.

The next convening of the Emerging Arts Leaders-Orange County, coordinated by Arts Orange County, will take place on March 18 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente.  For more information, contact Kristina Colby.

Arts Orange County will bring together City Arts Managers & Coordinators on March 13 for a discussion of the new Arts Responder Network, the Public Art Directory and other topics of mutual interest.  For more information, contact Kristina Colby.

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