REMINDER! April 1 deadline for OC Arts Awards Nominations! - Details here! 

Speaker Charles Limb & Monk Ensemble Wow Creative Edge Audience!
More than 400 arts, education and business leaders discovered how essential improvisation is to all creative endeavor at ArtsOC's 7th Annual Creative Edge Lecture on Monday.  Sharing the results of his ongoing research into the brain's creative functions, Dr. Charles Limb, a noted neuroscientist who is also a jazz musician, illustrated many of his points by asking members of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble to improvise.  For many, it was the clearest demonstration of the critical role that improvisation plays in all kinds of innovation.  And Limb was not shy about stressing the importance of arts education in the schools as a means of developing it.  For those who thought ArtsOC could not top its six previous stellar speakers at the annual event, Limb seemed to set a new bar.  ArtsOC is grateful for the participation of its presenting partners for this event, the Orange County Department of Education, 4th District PTA, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and especially the title sponsor: Boeing.  Generous support for the Creative Edge Lecture was also received from Phil and Mary Lyons, Haskell & White LLP, UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Carl Neisser, Susan K. Hori, Kay Mortenson and the Orange County Community Foundation.
Audiences EverywhereTM Workshop set for April 28
Arts Marketing Guru Matt Lehrman Returns - Space is Limited!
Arts Orange County brings back arts marketing guru Matt Lehrman for a third time by popular demand with his brand new Audiences EverywhereTM workshop on Thursday, April 28, 8:30 am-12 noon at the UC Irvine Student Center.  Space is limited to 75 participants, and ArtsOC members receive a 50% discount on registration.  Complete details may be found here.  ArtsOC workshops are supported in part through a grant from Bank of America.
Musco Center for the Arts Opens at Chapman
The Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University opened on Saturday night with performances by opera starts Placido Domingo and Deborah Voigt, among others.  The 1,044 seat theatre will serve the curricular needs of the university while also presenting a season of performing arts for the entire community.  Read more about the opening in Tim Managan's article in the Orange County Register here.  Learn more about the facility here.
2 OC Schools Selected as Grammy Awards Signature Schools
Two Orange County high schools have been selected as Grammy Foundation Signature Schools for their outstanding music education programs:  Woodbridge High School in Irvine and the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana.  They were among 13 honorees selected from 20,000 schools nationwide.  Read more here in the OC Register.



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Grants Available for Professional Development & Consulting
California Arts Council (CAC) has opened applications for its Professional Development and Consulting Program, with a submission deadline of April 21.  Complete details may be found here.  Arts Orange County has served as a consultant to organizations receiving this grant in the past.  If your organization is interested in seeking funds for consulting, we invite you to contact Richard Stein at ArtsOC.
ArtsOC Consulting Update
Through a grant from The Boeing Company, Arts Orange County has been providing customized consulting services to eight local arts organizations.  Here is a sampling of what has been happening:
     - ArtsOC has provided grantwriting assistance to Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, Media Arts Santa Ana (MASA) and Shakespeare Orange County (SOC Summerfest). 
     - ArtsOC has submitted grants for collaborative projects with Chance Theater and Santa Ana Sites. 
     - ArtsOC has facilitated strategic planning sessions with the board and staff leadership of Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, Relampago del Cielo, Santa Ana Sites and Chance Theater
     - ArtsOC has been providing targeted advisory services to Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association and to the Huntington Beach Art Center Foundation
     - All of these organizations were invited to send representatives to attend the Creative Edge Lecture and have been provided with a complimentary SparkOC advertising package as part of the consultancy.
Last Chance to Participate in Santa Ana Arts Survey
The City of Santa Ana seeks input from the community to understand what you and others love about Santa Ana's arts and culture, and what you want the city's arts to look like in the future.  Participate and play a part in shaping the vision of the arts and cultural plan for Santa Ana by visiting this link.  The survey closed March 31.
To be considered for enrollment, you must be either a recent graduate or a currently enrolled arts student interested in extending your training beyond the classroom. You must also have completed at least one year of university training. CADE is also open to observers (non students) who are interested in experiencing the art + culture and viewing the performances but not actually participating in workshops. Observers could be parents, staff, faculty, alumni, or donors. Full 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.

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