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The leadership of Arts Orange County possesses over 30 years of in-depth experience representing all facets of arts management. As the arts council, we serve our arts community by offering affordable contracted services, project management, and customized consulting services to help organizations thrive.
Arts Orange County does not have an ongoing grantmaking program to provide direct funding support to artists or arts organizations. However, during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Arts Orange County invited Orange County Community Foundation and Charitable Ventures to create together with it an OC Arts & Culture Resilience Fund to provide urgently needed relief to artists and arts organizations. In addition to raising over $200,000 in private money for this fund, Arts Orange County persuaded the County of Orange (District 3) and City of Santa Ana to contract with the Fund to manage $1,000,000 in CARES Act relief funds for artists, arts organizations and arts related businesses. Arts Orange County’s vigorous advocacy efforts also resulted in more than $1,500,000 in additional funds from various relief sources to assist Orange County artists, arts organizations and arts businesses. Additionally, Arts Orange County has up to date information on many grants programs, which may be found here and in our Newsletter.
Arts Orange County offers training and networking opportunities for arts organizations, artists, and arts educators through convenings, workshops, conferences, discipline and municipal forums, and technical assistance.
ROUNDTABLES: Arts Orange County conducts Zoom roundtables every 4 to 6 weeks with each of the following cohorts: Major Performing Arts Venues, Producers & Presenters CEOs; Major Museum & Heritage Site CEOs; City Arts Managers & Commissioners; University & College Arts Deans; Choral Organization Leaders; Dance Organization Leaders; Therapeutic Arts Organization Leaders; Small Arts Organizations of All Disciplines; Art Gallery Owners/Operators; Arts Journalists; Artists; Arts Organization Development Directors; Arts Organization Marketing Directors. To learn more about them, contact Karen Ahola.
CONVENINGS: Arts OC's convenings provide attendees with opportunities to learn about the newest initiatives and trends in the field as well as network with colleagues. Past convenings have covered topics including community engagement, arts advocacy, and city-funded arts programs.
EMERGING ARTS LEADERS: The Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County network is an invaluable resource for the next generation of local arts administrators.
NETWORKING MIXERS: Periodically Arts Orange County hosts receptions to bring the art community together to meet one another.
DISCOUNTS: ArtsOC member organizations are given discounted rates for professional development from organizations such as OneOC.
The ArtsOC Professional Development series is supported by a grant from:
Arts Orange County works to develop collaborative programs of various scales to help establish a true community of the arts within Orange County.
Día del Niño: A celebration of children presented in partnership with El Centro de Cultural de Mexico
Imagination Celebration: The annual spring festival of arts for children, teenagers, and families.
“Professional-Amateur Engagement: A Balancing Act in Arts Organizations”
In 2011, Claremont Graduate University arts management students Maria Paredes and Heather Pittman prepared a study for Arts Orange County on innovative ways that professional arts organizations in Orange County and elsewhere are building audiences by engaging with amateur artists and community arts organizations in their communities.
“2006 OC Cultural Indicators Report"
In 2006, Arts OC partnered with the Orange County Community Foundation to produce the first OC Cultural Indicators Report. The results of this work have been a guide to the needs of the community and the work of Arts Orange County.
Other organizations in Orange County and beyond offering assistance and resources:
The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA)
ACTA provides programs and services to support the state’s diverse living cultural heritage. ACTA cultivates the growth of traditional arts and culture through Stewardship in tending and nurturing California’s unique cultural landscape; Services to Artists; and Connecting people, resources and information. Programming includes the Apprenticeship Program, the Traditional Arts Development Program and the Living Cultures Grants Program.
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI)
CCI promotes knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing access to business training, financial resources, group services and a communications network. Workshops are held year-round.
OneOC provides continuing education workshops in nonprofit operations, volunteer management, social enterprise, development (including grant writing, fundraising, marketing and public relations) and boards and executive leadership. Seminars, workshops and training sessions are held year-round at the OneOC's Nonprofit Resources Center, 1901 East Fourth Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana.