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Newport Beach Master Arts & Culture Plan  

Approved by City Arts Commission 

On November 25, Arts Orange County presented to the Newport Beach City Council a Master Arts and Culture Plan following its approval by the City's Arts Commission earlier in the month.  ArtsOC was commissioned by the City in May to prepare a plan that collected widespread community input, mapped its existing cultural assets, compared its arts community's economic impact and the City's current investment in the arts with those of other cities, and made recommendations the City should consider taking in the short and long term to enhance its arts ecology. Download the plan

OC Organizations and Artist Awarded NEA Grants

Poet Lynn Xu of Laguna Niguel
Five Orange County organizations and one artist received a total of $160,000 in the latest round of grants announced last week by the National Endowment for the Arts.  California artists and arts organizations received $4 million of the $29 million distribution. 


Hi Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation

$10,000 Anaheim, CA

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Challenge America

To support a mentorship program and exhibition series for artists with disabilities. Professional artists will be paired with emerging artists with intellectual disabilities. The mentorship will culminate in an exhibition featuring artists' individual and collaborative works at a local gallery.


City of Laguna Beach, California (on behalf of Arts Commission)

$25,000 Laguna Beach, CA

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Local Arts Agencies

To support the development of a cultural plan for the City of Laguna Beach. The Cultural Planning Group, an independent company based in San Diego, has been selected to facilitate the planning process. Located in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego, the city of Laguna Beach has had a thriving arts community since its establishment in 1918. Home to the Early California Impressionist movement, Laguna Beach has also been a creative and economic center for generations of artists.


South Coast Repertory, Inc.

$50,000 Costa Mesa, CA

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater

To support the annual Pacific Playwrights Festival. The festival will feature world premiere productions and staged readings of previously unproduced plays by established playwrights and emerging writers. Previous festivals have featured world premiere productions of "Rest" by Samuel D. Hunter, "Five Mile Lake" by Rachel Bonds, and "The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois" by Adam Rapp, as well as staged readings of "Zealot" by Theresa Rebeck, "Future Thinking" by Eliza Clark, and "Mr. Wolf" by Rajiv Joseph.


Pacific Symphony

$40,000 Santa Ana, CA


To support the annual American Composer's Festival, celebrating the work of composer and conductor Andre Previn. The festival will be directed by Music Director Carl St. Clair and will feature the West Coast premiere of Previn's double concerto written specifically for cellist Sharon Robinson and violinist Jaime Laredo. Programming will feature guest artists such as soprano Elizabeth Futral, who will sing Previn's song cycle "Honey and Rue," chamber music concerts, a film screening, a symposium for music students, and post-concert discussions with St. Clair and Previn.


Relampago del Cielo Inc

$10,000 Santa Ana, CA

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Folk & Traditional Arts

To support the Celebration Concert. Traditional dances representing the various regions of Mexico will be presented. Authentic costumes and traditional music will complement the dances and enhance the audience's appreciation of Mexico's cultural diversity.


Lynn Xu

$25,000 Laguna Niguel, CA

FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry


View complete list of grantees. 




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In Memoriam:

Judith Swayne 

Judith Swayne, who founded the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) and was an Emeritus Board Member of Arts Orange County, has died.  "Judy played a pivotal role in helping Arts Orange County during its early years under founder Bonnie Hall, even to the extent of housing it at OCCF's offices initially," commented ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein.  "I also had the great pleasure of working closely with Judy when we co-chaired National Philanthropy Day-Orange County in 1990, and we continued our friendship during my tenure at Laguna Playhouse, where her husband Keith served for a time on the Board.  Later Judy also played an important role in the revitalization of San Clemente's historic Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens."  A full obituary appears in the OC Register.
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Participate in Imagination Celebration 2015

Organizations, schools, and cities are invited to apply to participate as a festival event site. Learn more.

Art teachers and parents can learn about student art exhibit opportunities and deadlines here.

New State Law Affects "Ex-officio" Board Member Status

If your organization has non-voting members of your board, they now have the right to vote on all matters unless you change their status, under a new California Nonprofit Corporations Code change taking effect January 1, 2015 in California, according to CalNonprofits.  Read more.

Save the date! 
Tuesday April 21, 2015
9:30am - 11:00 am

6th Annual Creative Edge Lecture


"CREATIVITY: 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

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