DiscoveryCube Acquires ExplorOcean in Organizational Merger
Arts Orange County member The Discovery Science Foundation, the nonprofit organization which operates the hands-on science learning centers DiscoveryCube in Orange County and Los Angeles, has acquired ExplorOcean, the nonprofit ocean science organization that owns and operates the Newport Nautical Museum Collection and the Balboa Fun Zone.  Read more here.
Santa Ana Library Wins National Award

The Santa Ana Public Library has been awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation's highest honor for museums and libraries for community service.   T
he library is being recognized for its focus on young immigrant families, at-risk youth and mentorship programs.  
"When people ask what I call this library, I say, 'La biblioteca milagrosa,' which means the miracle making library," said Parks Director Gerardo Mouet in a city press release. "We customize the little resources we do have to fit our needs and, more importantly, the needs of the community where we are ingrained."
Record Turnout for ArtsOC's "Dia del Nino"

The 5th Annual Dia del Nino/Day of the Child festival in Santa Ana's Birch Park drew record attendance yesterday.  Over 3,000 were estimated to have enjoyed dozens of hands-on arts workshops and performances, including the Grammy Award-nominated ensemble Trio Ellas (above) and the two-time Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas.  The event is presented by Arts Orange County in association with  El Centro Cultural de Mexico, and is funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wells Fargo and the California Endowment, as well as with the support of the City of Santa Ana.  Participating organizations include Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Symphony, OC Children's Therapeutic Arts Center, Santa Ana Unified School District, Orange County School of the Arts, Workshop for Community Arts, and many more.



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Pacific Symphony Announces Final Verizon Amphitheatre Season

The Pacific Symphony has announced its schedule for the summer season at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the orchestra's last there. The venue's lease runs out at the end of the year, and the Irvine Company, which owns the land, doesn't plan to renew it. The Pacific Symphony has played at Irvine Meadows since 1987.  Read more here.
2 OC Arts Organizations Awarded California Arts Council Grants

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton has been approved for a grant of $28,500 from the California Arts Council (CAC) JUMPStArts Program, which funds arts programs for at-risk youth. With support from the CAC, The Muckenthaler will refine its 2nd year STEAM programs with Crittenton to better teach arts and digital arts in a way that leads to a desire for college education and/or job skills.

Additionally, in this round of grants, the CAC awarded a grant of $9,040 to Workshop for Community Arts in Santa Ana (fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County) to facilitate Travieso Press, a community bookmaking project that brings together Santa Ana writers, artists, and residents to produce a series of community-written and community-published children's picture books, handmade through cartonera-style publishing. Books will be distributed for free through various nonprofit and social service venues, thus additionally creating a ripple effect of meaningful and accessible experiences with literature and art for Santa Ana children and families.
 Over 50 free & affordable arts events for the entire family are featured. Listings may be found 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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