Frequently Asked Questions

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a world-class arts complex located on 14 acres in Costa Mesa.

What is Arts Orange County?
What does Arts Orange County do?
How is Arts Orange County funded?
What does a membership to Arts Orange County consist of?
How does Arts Orange County support arts education?
How does Arts Orange County financially support local artists or arts organizations?
How can my organization participate in the Imagination Celebration?
Will Arts Orange County sponsor my arts event?
What is SparkOC?
Can I list my event on SparkOC?

 

What is Arts Orange County?
Arts Orange County is the officially designated arts council for the County of Orange, California.  Dedicated to the advancement of the arts within its local communities, ArtsOC is “the leader in building appreciation of, participation in, and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County.”  Although recognized by the County, ArtsOC is neither county-operated, nor county-funded.

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What does Arts Orange County do?
Arts Orange County promotes arts events, sponsors arts programs, organizes a month-long art festival, advocates for arts education, creates a network of arts-related individuals and organizations, acknowledges outstanding local artists and art organizations, and consults with arts organizations and local government seeking assistance in their endeavors.

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How is Arts Orange County funded?
Arts Orange County receives funding from membership dues, fundraising efforts, grants, and contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. ArtsOC earns revenue from consulting fees, member services fees, project management fees and other contracted services from arts organizations, local government and business. ArtsOC also receives grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency, to support programs in the community. However, federal and state funding totals less than 20% of ArtsOC's budget.

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What does a membership to Arts Orange County consist of?
Membership to ArtsOC provides arts organizations and individuals with access to all of our offerings at a free or discounted rate, as well as premium event positions on SparkOC. For more detailed information regarding the benefits of an ArtsOC Membership, please visit the membership section of our website.

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How does Arts Orange County support arts education?
By working directly with the California Alliance for Arts Education, Arts Orange County has created The Creative Edge -- a network of local arts alliances serving various school districts throughout Orange County. Each arts alliance is composed of arts-supporting citizens who advocate for the importance of a standards-based arts education in our local schools. Arts Orange County partners with the Orange County Department of Education on two important arts education programs: the annual Imagination Celebration, a month-long countywide festival of arts for children and families, and the annual Creative Edge Lecture, an event featuring a nationally-recognized thought leader on the role of creativity in all human endeavor.

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How does Arts Orange County financially support local artists or arts organizations?
Arts Orange County does not provide direct funding support. However, it serves as a resource to direct artists and arts organizations to funding opportunities to support their work.

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How can my organization participate in the Imagination Celebration?
Only ArtsOC member organizations are invited to participate (new members are welcome to be part of the festival). Detailed information about the Imagination Celebration as well as the application guidelines can be found here. Membership information may be found here.

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Will Arts Orange County sponsor my arts event?
Arts OC can support your marketing efforts and help promote your cultural arts events by featuring them on SparkOC and in the SparkOC newsletter.

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What is SparkOC?
SparkOC.com is a one-stop resource which connects community members with art happenings in Orange County. This free, online portal contains an arts event calendar, arts classifieds section, art class listings, and more!

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Can I list my event on SparkOC?
All Orange County-based arts events are welcome free of charge on SparkOC. Event listings may be submitted by inputting information here.
Job postings, auditions, and class offerings may be submitted by following this link.

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