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Boeing Underwrites ArtsOC Consultations with 8 OC Arts Organizations

Arts Orange County is the recipient of a major grant from The Boeing Company that will enable it to assist eight small and midsized Orange County arts organizations through ten months of customized consulting services.  Through this new initiative, "Building Arts Access Through Technical Assistance," ArtsOC will guide each organization's leadership through a strategic planning process as well as evaluate and make recommendations for action steps that will enable them to grow.  Additionally, ArtsOC will work with them on bringing their arts education programs into alignment with the work being performed in their respective school districts.
The organizations selected are:  Arts & Learning Conservatory (Santa Ana), Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble (Santa Ana), Chance Theater (Anaheim), El Centro Cultural de Mexico (Santa Ana), Huntington Beach Art Center, Relampago del Cielo (Santa Ana), Shakespeare Orange County (Garden Grove), Vietnamese Arts & Letters Association (Santa Ana).





Pacific Chorale Receives National Award
Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has been recognized by the national organization for choral organizations, Chorus America, for its new program for elementary schools: the Pacific Chorale Academy.
According to Chorus America, "This award recognizes education and community engagement programs that expand a chorus's role in its community. Successful programs demonstrate mission-based program development, viable music education, effective management and fiscal integrity, a commitment to artistic excellence, and collaborations that are sustainable, beneficial, and meaningful for all partners."
The Chorale launched a test for the program for a half year in 2014, and then for a full year in the 2014-2015 school year at Pomona and Rea Elementary Schools in Costa Mesa, two Title One schools. Based on Venezuela's "El Sistema," the Academy provides weekly after-school music and team building instruction. Offered at no cost to participating students, the program serves 4th-6th graders. Curriculum includes training in vocal technique, ensemble singing, and overall musicianship and is provided by school music teachers and Pacific Chorale teaching artists.
New Child Creativity Lab Opens
The Child Creativity Lab "Depot for Creative Re-use" opens officially on October 21 in Santa Ana.  Founded by Peter Chang, it will feature a community makerspace that will offer an eclectic variety of STEM-based workshops for children, teens, and educators that are hands-on, purposeful, and yet fun, engaging, and similar in excitement level and entertainment value of jump houses and other "pure-play" amusement centers.  More details here.



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OCMA Appoints Director of Public Engagement:  Cassandra Coblentz
The Orange County Museum of Art has appointed Cassandra Coblentz as the museum's director of public engagement.In this role, Coblentz will oversee the museum's public programming and develop an innovative program of talks, performances, and cutting-edge, community engagement projects that bring together artists and the public in new ways. She will also continue to strengthen the museum's long-standing commitment to serving the youth of Orange County through school tours and special outreach initiative. Coblentz began her career in the museum education department at the J. Paul Getty Museum where she remained for four years. She was the head of academic initiatives, and managed public programs, at UCLA's Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She has also curated numerous exhibitions at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as well as at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a Master of Arts from Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Award-winning Laguna Beach Architect Mark Singer has Died
"Mark Singer, a widely respected and passionate architect whose bold, contemporary designs helped to modernize the look of this seaside town and the broader Orange County coastline, has died. He was 67...Singer designed and built hundreds of custom homes, commercial properties, restaurants and art galleries in a more than 30-year career.
His modern designs often employed elements of light and nature, creating a unique style and energy that permeated the homes he built."
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