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30th Anniversary of Imagination Celebration 

Each Spring, Arts Orange County partners with  the Orange County Department of Education to present Imagination Celebration: the annual, county-wide family arts festival. Imagination Celebration dynamically connects the community, arts organizations, universities, and Orange County students through meaningful arts experiences. Most events are free!  


This year is our milestone 30th festival, and almost 50 family-friendly events throughout Orange County will put visual art, photography, dance, music, literature, science, theater, culture, even roller derby(!) front and center for everyone's enrichment and enjoyment. Find a complete listing of festival events here


You can read more in this article in the Orange County Register.  



OC Congressman Joins Arts Caucus  


We've just learned that Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-47th District), has included in his FY16 appropriations requests funding for the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). He has also joined the Arts Caucus and has requested to be added as a member of the STEAM Caucus. In February, a delegation of California arts leaders visited with the Congressman (left to right): Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council; Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County & President of Californians for the Arts; Rep. Lowenthal; Donn Harris, Chair, California Arts Council and Executive Director of the Oakland School of the Arts; Tamara Alvarado, Executive Director, School of Arts & Culture, San Jose.


Rep. Lowenthal's district includes Los Angeles County cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, Avalon and Orange County cities of Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Rossmoor, Stanton and Westminster. 


 (From L): Victor Nelson, Melanie Rios Glaser, Richard Stein


Statewide Arts Convening Features OC Speakers


CONFLUENCE 2015: A Statewide Arts Convening taking place April 15-16 in Sacramento, will feature three Orange County speakers:
  • Victor Nelson, Executive Director of The Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation in San Juan Capistrano, will appear on a panel entitled "A Good Vintage: Trends in Arts & Aging Programs."
  • Melanie Rios Glaser, Artistic Director and Co-CEO, The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana; will appear on a panel entitled "The Power of Art: Effective Intervention for At-Risk Youth".
  • Richard Stein, Executive Director, Arts Orange County in Santa Ana, will appear on a panel entitled "The Entrepreneurial Organization: Balancing Mission and Budgets".



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Tickets are now on sale for Arts Orange County's 6th annual Creative Edge Lecture featuring Sarah Lewis. Prepare to be inspired by this 90-minute lecture as we discover what we can all learn from the world's greatest innovators. 

For VIP seating, including a luncheon with Ms. Lewis, please contact Karen Ahola.


David Michael Lee - Gallery Curator and Assistant Professor at Coastline Community College, is hosting an Arts Mixer on Thursday, April 9th, starting at 4:30, to discuss ideas and opportunities for the Historic Main Street District of Garden Grove.

The event will take place at the Strawberry Bowl Festival Amphitheater at 12762 Main St., Garden Grove 92840.


Information Session on Bank of America's 2015 Community Development Grant Process

On April 20th, Bank of America will announce a request for proposal (RFP) for grant applications from local nonprofits serving community needs related to community development.  Valued local organizations addressing community development may apply online between April 20th and May 8th.


For additional information on the bank's funding priorities click here. To apply online please click here


Information Session Invitation


Bank of America will hold a webinar for nonprofits who would like additional information on their community development strategy. Registration is quick and easy and must be completed prior to the session.   

  •   April 21st at 3:00 pm -4:00 pm EDT/ 12:00 pm -1:00 pm PDT. To register for this webinar, click here .
  •   April 22nd at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT/ 8:00 am -9:00 am PDT. To register for this webinar, click here . 
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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