Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County.


Like us on Facebook      Follow us on Twitter   

NEA Grants Go to Arts Orange County + 5 Other OC Organizations



The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today (April 16, 2014) that it will award grants totaling $110,000 to 6 Orange County organizations, including Arts Orange County, from among the $74.85 million in 971 grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide as part of the second half of its fiscal year 2014 funding.  Here are the OC grantees:


Arts Orange County


To support Dia del Nino, a festival that will celebrate the cultural heritage of Orange County's Latino community. Scheduled to take place in downtown Santa Ana's historic Birch Park, the festival will feature participatory arts workshops and performances by numerous selected regional artists.


Laguna Art Museum


To support Art & Nature 2014, a project examining art and its engagement with nature and the natural sciences. Featuring artists, historians, and environmental scientists, project activities will include exhibitions, lectures, discussions, performances, and other activities for children and families.


Pacific Chorale


To support an educational and outreach music program for elementary school children. The Pacific Chorale Academy's Because Everyone Has a Voice project will be a free vocal educational program based on the orchestral El Sistema program providing fourth and fifth grade students with choral instruction.


Philharmonic Society of Orange County (aka Philharmonic Society)


To support the Discovery Series, artist residencies featuring The Knights chamber orchestra and residencies by emerging musicians. The residencies will feature emerging solo artists such as pianist Sean Chen, violinist Ray Chen, and cellist Han Bin Yoon, as well as The Knights, a chamber orchestra from Brooklyn, New York.


Relampago del Cielo


To support instruction for youth in Mexican folkloric dance, culminating in a student dance concert.  Students of all ages and all levels of ability will receive instruction in dances representative of Mexico's various regions.


The Wooden Floor


To support a dance education and performance program for youth. Students will participate in guest artist residencies and master classes which will result in the creation of new concert dance works, and they will join their families in Family Dance, a multigenerational program.



 Arts Orange County is supported in part through funds from
      California Arts Council Logo 
OC Arts Awards Nominations Due April 30

The 15th Annual Orange County Arts Awards will take place on October 22, 2014 in the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa.

This event celebrates progress and achievements in the cultural life of Orange County and the people who make them happen.  Nomination guidelines, application and a list of past recipients may be found here. 

Call Opens May 1 for Picerne Foundation Artist Outreach Project

On May 1, The Kenneth Picerne Foundation will open its annual call for artists to participate in its Artist Outreach Project, which allows experienced artists age 55 or older to give back to the community.  Final deadline for applications is July 31.  Details here.

Former OC Curator Tyler Stallings Releases New Book

Former Huntington Beach Art Center Director of Programs and former Chief Curator of Laguna Art Museum Tyler Stallings has come out with a book:  Aridtopia: Essays on Art & Culture from Deserts in the Southwest United States.  He is currently Artistic Director at Culver Center of the Arts & Director at Sweeney Art Gallery, both at University of California, Riverside.  The book is described as a "manifesto and commentary" and as a "mashup of references to popular culture, academic discourse and speculative ideas about society."  More details here. 

OC Arts Organizations:

Are your listings up to date on SparkOC?

SparkOC July 2011

Arts Orange County, 3730 South Susan Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704