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Wylie Aitken's Term Ends on California Arts Council

Wylie Aitken, the Orange County attorney and arts patron, chaired his last meeting of the California Arts Council (CAC) this week in Sacramento.  In attendance, as he was for Aitken's first meeting, was ArtsOC's executive director Rick Stein, who had nominated him to the CAC five years ago.  Then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him, he was re-appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, and he was elected to two terms as Chair of the Council.  Wylie's leadership on the Council helped lead to the first increases in state arts funding in more than a decade.   


Although he is now termed out on CAC, Aitken will not be retreating from his arts activism:  next week, the Chance Theater in Anaheim will dedicate the Bette Aitken Theatre Arts Center, named for his wife through a generous personal gift, and he is working on launching the soon-to-be-completed Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University.  He is succeeded as Chair of the CAC by Donn Harris, executive director of the Oakland School for the Arts.  (Above: Aitken, left, Stein, right, at Sacramento reception honoring outgoing CAC members.)



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California Arts Council 2015 Grant Program Guidelines Now Available

Four California Arts Council (CAC) grant programs will begin accepting applications for 2015 next week:  Creative California Communities, Artists in Schools, Local Impact (formerly Creating Places of Vitality), and Statewide Networks. Guidelines are available here.

Save the Date:  March 18
OC Launch of Creative Economy Report at Bowers Museum
The latest Otis Report on the Creative Economy, prepared for the Otis College of Art and Design by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, will be presented on March 18, beginning at 4 pm, in the Bowers Museum auditorium.  Last year's report showed that Orange County's creative sector has a $15 Billion economic impact, employs 1 out of 7 workers in our community, and contributes $700 million in local and state taxes. 

More information about the OC launch event will be provided soon.  This will be the third year that Arts Orange County has been involved in the launch event.
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