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Sarah Lewis Delivers Creative Edge Lecture  

Arts Orange County's Sixth Annual Creative Edge Lecture took place on Tuesday, April 21st in the Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Speaker Sarah Lewis joined a prestigious line of past lecturers that includes Daniel Pink, Sir Ken Robinson, Randy Nelson, John Maeda and Tom Kelley.
Speaking for roughly 45 minutes, Sarah, an art historian, curator, and author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, explored the book's theme of play, surrender, and grit as the essential elements in transformational breakthroughs in art, science, business, and all areas of human endeavor. From the uplifting tale of a solo hiker's quest to reach the South Pole on foot despite the massive shifting ice floes beneath him, to the unexpected story of a scientist whose dedication to counter-intuitive experimentation led him to levitate a frog with magnets, Lewis used inspiration and humor in equal measure to deliver her vital message. After her address, Lewis took audience questions before she was feted at a luncheon with the event's sponsors.
The Creative Edge Lecture Series is presented by Arts Orange County, the Orange County Department of Education, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Fourth District PTA, with major support from Boeing

Santa Ana Unified School District Honored


Superintendent of Schools, Orange County Department of Education Dr. Al Mijares (pictured R) took the opportunity of his remarks at the Creative Edge Lecture to single out Santa Ana Unified School District for its exemplary arts education work, and was joined by SAUSD Board of Education Vice President Cecilia Iglesias (L) and Deputy Superintendent David Haglund (center). Attendees of the Creative Edge Lecture were also treated to a performance by the Santa Ana USD Jazz Ensemble in the Segerstrom Center lobby prior to the beginning of the program.

Confluence 2015 Statewide Arts Convening


On April 15th and 16th, Californians for the Arts presented Confluence 2015, a two-day gathering in Sacramento meant to cast a spotlight on the importance of the arts and their educational and entrepreneurial aspects. Live music and street puppetry helped create an atmosphere in which speakers and panels delved into pressing contemporary topics affecting the field, and sessions were held with elected officials after a Joint Committee on the Arts Hearing on the Creative Economy of California at the State Capitol.

Californians for the Arts was founded in 2010 to increase public awareness of the importance of the arts, ensure that the arts are an ongoing part of the public dialogue and encourage people to care about the arts. Arts Orange County Executive Director Richard Stein (above right) serves as its President.



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Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park
May 6th is the final day to submit an entry for the Sculpture Exhibition in Civic Center Park in Newport Beach. Selected works will be exhibited in the newly created Civic Center Park for two years starting this August, and artists will receive an honorarium of $2,000 - $5,000. Learn more and see the official call for entries here.
On April 27th, Red, a sculpture by Jonathan Prince, (above)was installed at the Civic Center Park as the final selected work from the 2014 showcase, where it will stay until 2016.
The piece joined its nine fellow selections after a delay necessitated by cleanup and repair of the work from its previous display. 
John Wayne Airport

John Wayne Airport has issued a Call for Artists for their Airport Arts visual art program. Submissions are due by June 17th for exhibition slots that begin in October 2016. The full call with rules and exhibition guidelines can be read here.
The Santa Ana Arts Commission is set to award grants to Artists & Arts Organizations. Individual artists that either live and/or create in Santa Ana, or propose to create work that will benefit the Santa Ana cultural community, are eligible to submit.
Grants will also be awarded for arts and culture nonprofit organizations that will enrich and invigorate the Santa Ana arts and culture landscape, to support programming costs, equipment, and special events.  Applications for both individuals and groups are due on May 26th for grants that will be selected on July 7th. For more information, see here.


Susan Miller Kotses has been promoted to vice president of education and community engagement for the Pacific Symphony. Kotses has worked for the Symphony since 2007, serving as the director of Class Act, director of education and community engagement and most recently as senior director of education. 
Frank Terraglio has been promoted to vice president of marketing and public relations for the Pacific Symphony. Terraglio has worked for Pacific Symphony for more than a decade, serving as director of marketing before being promoted to his current role.
Conference - June 16-19
San Francisco

This conference is presented by California Lawyers for the Arts in association with University of San Francisco, and will provide a robust review of current trends in arts in corrections, including an overview of public policy, funding strategies, evaluation methods, and legislative trends.  Complete details 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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