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ArtsOC Collaboration with Chance Theater & Veterans First Brings Local Veterans Together to Tell Their Stories
From the Orange County Register:  "Every Friday for the past six weeks, local veterans have gathered at the Wise Place in Santa Ana to share their personal, emotion-filled experiences in free theater workshops. Now, their storytelling will translate into a free public performance at the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills on Wednesday - Veterans Day.  The workshops, which started Oct. 2, are funded through a $9,600 grant from the California Arts Council as part of its pilot program Veterans Initiative in the Arts. Arts Orange County, Chance Theater and the local veterans service organization Veterans First collaborated to launch and produce the free classes."  Read the full article here.
Reserve free tickets here to attend the performance on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Chance Theater.
Arts Orange County's 7th Annual Creative Edge Lecture
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 10 a.m.
Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation - so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

Sponsored by The Boeing Company
Presented in collaboration with:
Orange County Department of Education
Fourth District PTA
Segerstrom Center for the Arts



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New State Arts District Law Could Have Major Positive

Impact for Orange County

A bill introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom of Santa Monica to designate arts districts throughout the state passed and was signed into law by the Governor. (AB 189 Arts Districts bill text here.) It now awaits implementation by the California Arts Council.
Orange County shows great promise as a home to many such districts.
*downtown Laguna Beach and downtown Santa Ana, abundant with art galleries, art schools and important arts institutions;
*the Segerstrom Center for the Arts--home to Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Pacific Chorale, South Coast Repertory and, in the years ahead, the Orange County Museum of Art;
*SoBeCa (South Bristol Entertainment Culture and Arts district), which includes The LAB and the CAMP in Costa Mesa and Anaheim's Packinghouse District, which includes MUZEO, Center Street Promenade and The Packinghouse;
*San Juan Capistrano's historic downtown, which includes the Mission, California's oldest residential neighborhood (Los Rios Street) and its library;
*Garden Grove's Main Street, with the Shakespeare Festival Amphitheatre and historic Gem Theatre and Fullerton's downtown, with its theatres and galleries;
*Huntington Beach and San Clemente downtowns, which combine the arts and surf culture;
*the Newport Beach Civic Center Park Sculpture Exhibition and Public Library.
*Mission Viejo's Oso Creek Trail and Murray Community Center.
What would such certification mean for these areas? Bragging rights, to be sure, but extra attention by tourism promotion entitites and the inclusion in what could possibly emerge as a statewide cultural district map and website. It could bring new funding, too, from local government, foundations and businesses, perhaps even the California Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts--though it's too early to tell.
"Creative placemaking" and "creative zones" have taken on new importance as drivers of economic development in many locations--and not just because they attract tourist dollars. Robust cultural life attracts talented people to work in creative industries, and Orange County's economy is heavily dependent upon this sector.
ArtsOC will share more about the new Arts District program when details become available.

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