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Call for Proposals & Artists for the
30th Annual Imagination Celebration
April 11 - May 24, 2015
Arts Orange  County is now accepting proposals for participation in Imagination Celebration, Orange County's only county-wide family arts festival. Events within Imagination Celebration are independently produced by organizations, schools, cities, and libraries. To find out more about how your organization can participate, read the guidelines and fill out an application here.   Information about participating in the Imagination Celebration Poster Contest (open to students in grades 7-12) can be found here.
Arts License Plate Can Now Be Purchased as Gifts!
Still the Major Permanent Source
for State Arts Funding & Still Tax-Deductible
The new Arts Plate gift voucher program is the first of its kind, allowing you to give the gift of California arts license plates. Recipients will use their gift voucher to fully cover the purchase of their own unique Arts Plate, which will directly support California arts education and local arts programs for as long as it is on the road.  Arts Plate gift voucher purchases and subsequent license plate renewals are considered tax-deductible charitable contributions to the California Arts Council. And the proceeds from sales and renewals of Arts Plate provide millions of dollars in support for arts education programs across California.


ArtsOC's 6th Annual Creative Edge Lecture



The Rise: The Surprising Path to Success

presented in association with

Orange County Department of Education, 

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 4th District PTA

Title Sponsor:  BOEING



 Arts Orange County is supported in part through funds from
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Teren Shaffer &
OCSA Wind Ensemble
Receive National Awards
Teren Shaffer, Director of Orange County School of the Arts' Classical Instrumental Music Conservatory, Music Director & Conductor of OCSA's Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble, and General Manager of Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra, has been selected as the 2014 First Prize winner of The American Prize in Conducting.  Additionally, OCSA's Frederick Fennell Wind Ensemble was selected as the 2014 First Prize winner of The American Prize in Band Performance.   The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels.   Administered by Hat City Music Theater, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Danbury, Connecticut, The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually. The competitions of The American Prize are open to all U.S. citizens, whether living in this country or abroad, and to others currently living, working and/or studying in the United States of America, its protectorates and territories.
Orange County Community Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by holding an "Orange County Giving Day", April 21-22, 2015 with a goal of raising $2 million for OC nonprofits.  All OC nonprofit organizations are invited to participate.  Find out how your organization can register here.
This recent "You've Cott Mail" newsletter shows how some organizations are addressing the issue through programming & marketing.
Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation of, participation in and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County. 
It is a powerhouse in advancing Orange County's arts ecology, a trailblazer in advocating workforce development through arts education, a leader in building future audiences and a trendsetter in the world of nonprofit arts councils.
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