April 1 deadline for Orange County Arts Awards Nominations! - Details here! 

"Your Brain on Improv" - Our 7th Annual Lecture--with a twist!
"Your Brain on Improv" - Dr. Charles Limb in OC on March 14
ArtsOC's 7th Annual Creative Edge Lecture featuring Dr. Charles Limb will be a departure from past presentations.  Limb has the unusual distinction of having held multiple appointments at Johns Hopkins University--in neuroscience AND in music!  A neuroscientist and a jazz musician, Limb was curious about just what happens in the brain when we are being creative and how can those findings help people take better advantage of their creative potential.  He gave a popular TED talk entitled "Your Brain on Improv" and contributed to a recent study released by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Joining him on stage at this year's lecture is the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble which will help illustrate some of his points.
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.
Join us on Monday, March 14 at 10 a.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa. A special half-price ticket is available to Arts Orange County members.  Use the code: Inspire when you purchase your tickets here.
Help Remedy Major Deficiency in Arts Education - Support SB 916
Arts Orange County supports SB 916, a bill introduced by State Senator Ben Allen of Santa Monica that addresses a serious inequity in our State's teacher credentialing in the subjects of Theater and Dance.  We are collaborating with the California Alliance for Arts Education (CAAE), California Arts Advocates and Arts for LA in communicating with you today about the importance of this legislation.  Please read our joint letter here.  We hope you will join with us in expressing your support for this bill now to Senator Allen.
OC Dance Community Gathering on March 12 @ The Wooden Floor
Members of Orange County's dance community are invited to attend a meet & greet with the Dance Resource Center (DRC) at The Wooden Floor on Saturday, March 12, from 11 am to 1 pm, 1810 North Main Street, Santa Ana.  All are invited to talk together about dance in Orange County and explore ways Dance Resource Center can support you, your work and the field as a whole.  RSVP here.
Important IRS Information for Small Nonprofit Arts Organizations
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it is changing the website it uses to collect information from IRS Form 990-N filers--generally small nonprofit organizations averaging less than $50,000 in revenue. The Form 990-N is a very brief annual filing that smaller tax-exempt organizations are able to utilize in place of submitting the lengthier Form 990-EZ or Form 990. Many state, regional, and local affiliates and chapters of national nonprofit organizations qualify to submit the 990-N.  Complete details here.



 Arts Orange County is supported in part through funds from
Review Panelists Needed for City of Santa Ana Arts Grants
The City of Santa Ana seeks grant panelists to serve on the 2016 Investing in the Artist Grant Opportunity review panel. Panelists are an integral part of the process that supports the creative voices in Santa Ana. Individuals who have in-depth professional experiences in the arts, arts education, arts administration, arts in juvenile justice, and/or related fields as well as young professionals and students are encouraged to apply here.
Rep. Mimi Walters Opens Call for High School Student Art for Congressional Art Contest
High school students residing in the 45th Congressional District of Representative Mimi Walters are invited to submit their work for the Congressional Art Competition.  The winning artist will be honored by Rep. Walters at annual award ceremonies in California's 45th District and in Washington, D.C.  Winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.   Artwork is due April 15, 2016 at Rep. Mimi Walters' Office: 3333 Michelson Drive, Suite 230, Irvine, CA 92612Complete details here. 
Chapman University's College of Educational Studies (CES) has embarked on a transformation of its Librería Martínez de Chapman University in downtown Santa Ana to become an educational center that aligns strongly with the University's mission and vision.  More details 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
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.

Like us on Facebook      Follow us on Twitter   

Arts Orange County, 3730 South Susan Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, CA 92704