Nominations now open for the 17th Annual Orange County Arts Awards - here! 

William London Joins Arts Orange County Board of Directors
William "Bill" London has been elected to the Board of Directors of Arts Orange County.  An attorney, he is a founding partner of Kimura London LLP and focuses his practice on trusts & estates, including estate planning, administration, and litigation.  London earned his B.A. in Law and Society from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, where he directed the Refugee Assistance Program.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese, and has studied at Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing.
Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble to Appear at Creative Edge Lecture
ArtsOC's 7th Annual Creative Edge Lecture featuring Dr. Charles Limb just got a little more musical!  The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble will join Dr. Limb on stage to help illustrate the points of his talk, based on his popular "Your Brain on Improv" TED talk.  More details and ticket information may be found here.   The lecture is presented in collaboration with the Orange County Department of Education, 4th District PTA, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.  The title sponsor is Boeing. 
CAC Offers New "Entry Level" Funding Program for Emerging Arts Orgs
California Arts Council has rolled out a new grant program called Cultural Pathways, which is designed to strengthen the capacity of small, new, and emerging arts organizations that serve and represent the diversity of California and to anchor the creative work of these organizations in the cultural landscape of the state. This program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small and emerging organizations (budget of less than $150,000) rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups. Applications and guidelines are available now for this program. March 30, 2016 is the deadline to apply. Organizations interested in applying are encouraged to participate in a free informational webinar on Tuesday, March 2 at 11am.



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The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) has launched a conversation about what artists in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. It's part of a research project CCI is leading with the National Endowment for the Arts. It will include a series of essays by a variety of artists and arts thinkers. But its goal is also to hear from as many artists and artist support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June.More details may be found here.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez Opens Call for High School Student Art for Congressional Art Contest
High school students residing in the 46th Congressional District of Representative Loretta Sanchez are invited to submit their work for the Congressional Art Competition.  The winning artist will be honored by Rep. Sanchez at annual award ceremonies in California's 46th District and in Washington, D.C.  Winning artwork will be displayed in U.S. Capitol for one year.   Artwork is due April 11, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Rep.Loretta Sanchez's Office: 12397 Lewis Street, Ste. 101, Garden Grove, CA 92840.  No late entries accepted.  Complete details here. 
3D Theatricals Leaving OC
According to an article in the Orange County Register, the musical theatre production company 3D Theatricals, founded in 2009 by three siblings, is leaving Orange County for future seasons at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.  Following a first season at the OC Pavilion in Santa Ana, they lost access to the space in 2010 when the OC School of the Arts purchased the building to serve as a stage for its own performances.  When longtime musical theatre production company Fullerton Civic Light Opera ran into financial difficulties the following year, 3D Theatricals took over producing in Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium, where it has performed ever since.  Read more here.
ArtsOC continues to offer local presenters of arts events affordable ways to reach a large audience of arts-goers.  For more information, contact Karen Ahola
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