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5 OC Arts Organizations Receive Funding in Latest Round of National Endowment for the Arts Grants

5 Orange County arts organizations were awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts in the second round of grants for fiscal year 2015, totaling $75,000, including Arts Orange County, which received $25,000 to support its fifth annual Dia del Nino/Day of the Child festival in Santa Ana in April 2016 (photo from the 2015 festival above by Cesar Gallo).  Dia del Nino, a flagship event in ArtsOC's annual Imagination Celebration, is presented in collaboration with El Centro Cultural de Mexico.  In this round of funding, the NEA awarded a total of $74 million in grants to all fifty states and five U.S. jurisdictions.  OC grants awarded:

Chance Theater


Anaheim, CA FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater & Musical Theater To support two new play development programs. On the Radar and Playwrights-in-Residence will provide emerging playwrights with resources to develop their work. The On the Radar (OTR) series will provide a safe, collaborative writing environment for playwrights and will offer theater patrons an opportunity to "peak behind the curtain" and engage in work-in-progress activities. OTR playwrights will be given the support of a director, actors, and production team, and a rehearsal process in which to experiment and further develop their plays before they are presented for an audience.

Irvine Barclay Theatre


Irvine, CA FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Dance To support the National Choreographers Initiative (NCI). Founded in 2004, NCI is a workshop to promote the creation and production of new dance works, engage the community in the creative process, and strengthen the national dance field. Artistic Director Molly Lynch will assemble four choreographers to each create a dance. They will each be provided with dancers and afforded full license to experiment. The process will conclude with a public performance of the four works-in-progress followed by a question-and-answer session.

Philharmonic Society of Orange County

$10,000 Irvine, CA FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music To support the Discovery Series. The series of artist residencies will feature performances and educational activities by chamber ensembles and emerging musicians. The residencies will feature artists such as eighth blackbird, the Meccorre String Quartet, cellist Julie Albers, pianist Orion Weiss, instrumentalist, composer, and conductor Jordi Savall, and harpist Andrew Lawrence-King. Activities will include master classes, a composer symposium, workshops, clinics, classroom visits, and performances in diverse venues.

Arts Orange County 

$25,000 Santa Ana, CA FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Local Arts Agencies To support Dia del Nino. An annual festival celebrating the artistic and cultural heritage of Orange County's Latino community, the event consists of interactive arts workshops and performances by numerous selected regional artists, as well as several pre-event workshops that culminate in the exhibition and presentation of work during the main festival. Artists under consideration include Trio Ellas, a female, all-string Latin-American music group from Los Angeles; Quattro, an ensemble that fuses Latin pop, jazz, and classical music; and Quetzal, a Los Angeles Chicano rock band. Dia del Nino - which translates to "Day of the Child" - is scheduled to take place in downtown Santa Ana's historic Birch Park.

Pacific Chorale 

$10,000 Santa Ana, CA FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Music To support a music educational program with community outreach. Titled Everyone Has a Voice, the initiative will engage singers ranging from young children to older adults through several programs. The Pacific Chorale Academy will continue to be a free vocal educational program based on the orchestral El Sistema program providing elementary school students with intense choral instruction. Pacific Chorale Choral Camp will provide a summer enrichment program for a diverse group of high school students. Pacific Chorale Choral Festival will provide hundreds of adult singers the opportunity to rehearse and perform choral works alongside Pacific Chorale members under the direction of Artistic Director John Alexander in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

Congresswoman Mimi Walters Honors Student Artists

On May 2, Rep. Mimi Walters (center) hosted the 45th District Congressional Art Competition Reception to honor participants and to unveil the winners of the competition. The first place winner was Melanie Zhong, from Irvine, CA, for her artwork titled, "Deadly Beauty." Melanie will receive two complimentary round-trip plane tickets to attend a national reception in Washington, D.C. this June, where she will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.  ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein joined the celebration.



 Arts Orange County is supported in part through funds from
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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.
Through the Artist Outreach Project, The Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation awards grants to accomplished visual, performing and literary artists, age 55 and older. These grants are intended to support the artists' efforts to give back to their community. Artists awarded the grant spend six to eight hours a week with an underserved group served by a non-profit organization of their choice, sharing their talent in arts-based services that are both educational and therapeutic.
Application Information: The 2015 application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015. Details may be found here.
CREATE CA, a statewide arts education initiative, received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as one of only eight collective impact arts education grants in the spring 2015 round of awards announced today. The funding is for a collective impact strategy in the implementation of the recently released "Blueprint for Creative Schools".


The Orange County Music and Arts Administrators have announced the

2015 Outstanding Arts Educator Honorees and the 2015 Music and Arts Award Winners who will be recognized at its 2015 Ceremony on  May 13, 2015 in the Samueli Theatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


2015 Outstanding Arts Educator Honorees


Amelia Terich

Elaine Pike


Megan Brown


Andrea Howard


Eve Sullivan


Michelle Dyo


Antonio Moon


Frances Alegre


Misha Voss


Autumn Browne


Ileana Tavares


Nancy Stuck


Brooke James


James Quirion


Natalie Graham


Catherine Petz


Johanna Gamboa-Kroesen


Robert Stuart


Cheryl Ruby-Koran


Joseph Kaye


Robin Hervey


Chester Maharaj


Karen Akashi

Susan Stock, Ed.D.


Chris Perdue


Kristine Calder


Teren Shaffer


Daina Anderson


Lisa Gray


Terri Wilson


David Moellenkamp


Maria Martinez


Trina Mangione


Donald Funk


Meg Elder



2015 Music and Arts Award Winners


Amelia Terich - Visual Arts, Elementary

Autumn Browne - Theatre, Secondary

Cheryl Ruby-Koran - Special Education Arts

David Moellenkamp - Vocal Music, Secondary

James Quirion - Instrumental Music, Secondary

Johanna Gamboa-Kroesen - Instrumental Music, Elementary

Kristine Calder - Dance, Secondary

Meg Elder - Dance, Secondary

Megan Brown - Administrator

Robert Stuart - Visual Arts, Secondary

Robin Hervey - Vocal Music, Elementary

Susan Stock, Ed.D. - Administrator

Terri Wilson - Julianna McGrath Award

Trina Mangione - Theatre, Elementary


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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