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$98,690 Awarded to OC Organizations in Latest Round of California Arts Council Grants

Four Orange County organizations are receiving grants from the California Arts Council (CAC), approved in the latest round considered by the Council at its June 17-18 meeting: 


The Arts and Learning Conservatory's production planned for 2014-2015 will include Shakespeare, as his works are available in script form. Students will meet two hours one day a week, for 24 weeks, and fill all roles including props, set design, acting, music, lighting and more to make the curriculum come alive. $6,194

Pacific Symphony's Santa Ana Strings (SAS) is an established, on-going after-school violin instruction program serving under-privileged children in Orange County. The free program is designed to encourage students, deepen their school-day music instruction and inspire their continued participation in school arts programs. $10,680


The Muckenthaler Cultural Center will continue to expand their successful programs with Project Hope School for homeless children and Imperial Middle School, a Title 1 School transitioning into an arts magnet school.  The Muck will bring drawing/painting, ceramics and book making artists weekly to work with approximately 280 students for a total of 9 hours a week in school. $6,816


PBS SoCal will produce twenty new video stories, increasing its art output by 50%. Two videos will be used in an arts public service announcement (PSA) campaign. These videos will be broadcast, posted on websites, shared in social media, circulated to teachers, distributed to arts partners, and shared with California PBS stations through a new online Arts Exchange portal. $75,000.  PBS SoCal's grant is from the CAC's new "Arts on the Air" program, made possible through special one-time funding from the state Legislature last year.  


Noted OC Artist Jerry Rothman Has Died

Long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman died Thursday, June 5 at the age of 81 near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  A full description of his life and career has been posted here.  Rothman created his first sculpture garden on the grounds of his Laguna Beach studio in the 1980s.  Rothman attended Otis Art Institute beginning in 1956. Ed Keinholz organized Rothman's first group exhibition, Clay Forms: Soldner-Mason-Rothman, at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1957. After working in Japan designing ceramics for export to the United States from 1958-60, Jerry returned to Los Angeles, completed his masters degree at the Otis Art Institute in 1962, and proceeded to develop a series of large-scale figurative sculpture.   


Rothman was head of the ceramics department at the University of Iowa before becoming head of the ceramics department at California State University, Fullerton in 1971, retiring in 1996. He is credited with inventing non-shrinking clay and developing new ways of fusing clay and metal in order to create large-scale sculptural forms.  From 2006-2011 Rothman built his final signature work, an arts complex consisting of a studio/home and a sculpture garden in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The Jerry Rothman San Miguel de Allende Sculpture Park consists of an array of fifteen sculptures installed on a two-acre site, which is anchored by a studio/living space designed and built by the artist. Rothman was in a numerous exhibitions including solo shows at the Pasadena Art Museum (1961); the Garth Clark Gallery, New York (1976) and Los Angeles (1982); and a retrospective at the Laguna Art Museum (2003). He participated in over a hundred group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Plans for a celebration of Jerry and his life will be released at a later date; for information please email [email protected]. In order to preserve Jerry's sculpture for the future, donations may be sent in his name to Laguna Art Museum, which cares for the largest collection of his work at a public institution.




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ArtsOC's Rick Stein Elected President of Statewide Arts Advocacy Organizations

California Arts Advocates (CAA) and Californians for the Arts (CFTA), statewide sister organizations, have elected ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein as their new Board President, succeeding Brad Erickson, Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area, who served as President for the past six years. 

CAA and CFTA played an important role in the successful recent campaign to secure a $5 million one-time increase in 2014-15 funding for the California Arts Council, our state arts agency.

A few of Arts Orange County's Current or Recent Projects:

City of Newport Beach

ArtsOC has begun work on a
Master Arts & Culture Plan for the City of Newport Beach, which will include mapping its cultural assets, gathering input from the community, and identifying opportunities for the City to grow its arts sector in the future.

ArtsOC provided interim management services to MUZEO for four months while also conducting the museum's CEO search, which resulted in the appointment of Dan Finley, who began July 1.  ArtsOC is continuing to provide transitional services.

46th District Congressional Art Contest

For the second year in a row, ArtsOC was asked to assist Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's office in coordinating the selection of outstanding student artwork from her district to be displayed in our nation's capitol.  It was funded by AT&T.
California Arts Council Seeking Input

Following up on last year's "Listening Tour" and the release of its new Strategic Plan in January, in which the CAC's unique position to convene the field for discussion and professional development was frequently mentioned, the agency is asking artists and arts leaders to share some further thoughts in the form of this brief online survey.  Please respond by August 5.

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