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"Business, Culture & Community through the Arts" Session Hosted by Costa Mesa Council Member Katrina Foley & Segerstrom Center for the Arts

On November 13, a "who's who" of Costa Mesa arts leaders led by Segerstrom Center for the Arts President Terry Dwyer gathered for a session facilitated by Costa Mesa City Councilmember Katrina Foley (above).  Presentations by City staff updated the participants on arts and culture programs offered by the City, the current status of arts education in the Costa Mesa schools, and the changing nature of business and demographics in the City.  All point to opportunities for the arts to play a stepped up role in advancing the City's economy and quality of life, and attendees were invited to help envision some of those for the City's Arts Committee, Staff and Council to consider.   Organizations represented included:  South Coast Repertory, Arts & Learning Conservatory, All-American Boys Chorus, Pacific Chorale, Center for the Arts, Travel Costa Mesa, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, members of the City's Arts Committee, and leaders of creative businesses and industries located in Costa Mesa, and Arts Orange County.

Santa Ana's The Wooden Floor "Goes National" By Licensing its Model to CityDance in Washington, D.C.

The Wooden Floor of Santa Ana, one of the nation's most cutting edge arts-for-youth organizations, will impact more youth by licensing its model nationwide. The organization's first licensed partner will be CityDance, a recognized leader of high-quality dance education for at-risk students in Washington DC. CityDance announced today that it garnered further national recognition through the highly-coveted 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award presented by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, an award which The Wooden Floor received in 2003.  Plans are underway to initiate phasing in of the licensed partnership immediately. This will allow youth from under-served communities in Washington D.C. to benefit from The Wooden Floor's unique approach to breaking the cycle of poverty through a long-term dance immersion process, combined with academic support, college and career readiness programs, and family services.



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CAC Seeks Grants Panelists!
ArtsOC strongly encourages Orange County arts leaders, arts scholars, experienced practicing artists and arts educators to submit applications to be considered for the California Arts Council's 2016 grants review panels.  "Historically, Orange County has received far less state arts funding than other areas of California," commented ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein.  "Part of this has been due to the lack of a presence on the California Arts Council panels, where panel members provide important context and can educate fellow panel members about the quality of work and value of service being delivered by OC artists and arts organizations. Serving on a panel also provides the participant with an eye-opening view into the outstanding work being doing all across the state."  The deadline to apply is January 4.More details may be found here.

Dru Maurer Honored by California Art Education Association


Longtime Mission Viejo Cultural Services Supervisor Dru Maurer was honored by the California Art Education Association for exemplifying and promoting excellence in visual arts education. Dru received the "Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator" award during a recent conference in Sacramento. Since 1996, she has taught art education and history at California State Fullerton.
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Orange County artists and arts organizations have suffered major damage & destruction from past storms.  Be prepared to protect your artwork and other valuables. Here are some helpful tips provided by OC Public Works.

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