Residents, People who Study in, Work in, or Visit MV are Invited!

The City of Mission Viejo has long embraced arts and culture in the community. As part of its Cultural Arts Master Plan process, the City will host a community forum on January 14 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 Civic Center. The forum will give community members the chance to share their ideas and thoughts about the future of arts and culture in our City. Staff will use the valuable information gathered during the forum to help prioritize and plan cultural arts events and services that are in line with the community's needs and desires. For more information, call 949-470-8440.
Anaheim Arts Council Bestows Art in Public Places Awards

The Anaheim Arts Council recognized six contributions to public art in that city in November.  They included:
  1. Anaheim Regional Center - Murals of Orange picking.
  2. San Antonio Catholic Church - Windows, mosaics, statues, architecture.
  3. Kaiser Radiation Oncology Center - The 360 degree external glass walls engineered to look like a forest.
  4. ARTIC - the amazing architecture of this new Anaheim icon.
  5. Paul Revere Park - mosaic-style composite mural, designed by local children and the artist. Community Services. The  JULIE MEYER Award, on account of the children/artist collaboration.
  6. 211 Wilhelmina, the Owens Cottage - Scores of colorful bird houses hanging in a large tree to the side of the house. Spectacular. Honorable mention.



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Lido Live lost its lease with the Duda Company on the historic Lido Theater on Balboa, according to this story in the Newport Beach Independent.  The Lido has been one of the venues used by the annual Newport Beach Film Festival, and its CEO Gregg Schwenk commented:  "The Lido Theater is a critical part of Film Festival screenings offered to citizens of Newport Beach.  We stand ready to work with Via Lido Plaza and the Duda Company to help with film programming at the Lido Theater. What's important to note is that the Lido Theater is a culturally significant building. With the final closure of the Balboa Theater, there is nothing else on the peninsula that speaks to any form of community culture and art. It's probably the oldest operating theater in Orange County, it recently celebrated its 75th birthday. I hope the Newport Beach Film Festival can breathe life into the theater."
SOC Summerfest Announces 2016 Season
Shakespeare Orange County Summerfest has announced a summer season that will feature David Denman in the title role and SOC Summerfest artistic director John Walcutt in "Hamlet" plus a revival of last year's successful production of "Pirates of Penzance," augmented by a number of other special events such as a Korean drama and a Polynesian Dance Festival, as well as a collaboration with Orange County School of the Arts.  More 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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