Your Arts Council in Orange County

ArtsOC, an independent nonprofit organization, is the officially-designated local arts agency of the County of Orange and its official state-local arts agency partner. Our mission is to provide resources, advocacy, consultation, and development programs that will nurture and champion the artists and arts organizations that make up our community

SparkOC - Where the Arts Happen in Orange County

We maintain SparkOC.com as a free community site for upcoming arts events, exhibits, classes and workshops, auditions, professional opportunities, profiles of local artists, and the most comprehensive guide available to Public Art installations all over O.C. You can create a free profile for yourself as a venue, arts organization, or individual artist, and post your own events and opportunities for thousands of arts-curious visitors. We also sell advertising packages that combine banner graphics on SparkOC.com with direct, dedicated e-blasts to our thousands of arts interested e-mail subscribers. Contact Advancement Officer Karen Ahola to learn more!

Become a Member!

ArtsOC Membership puts you immediately into a community of leading artists and arts organizations and unlocks an array of benefits you'll love

ArtsOC Events and Programs

Find out if any of our ongoing projects are of interest or benefit to you!

Creative Edge Lecture

Once a year, a renowned thought leader is our guest for an illuminating talk on the power of creative thought in business, science, education, and life

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Día Del Nino

OC Día del Niño/Day of the Child is a free family arts festival that celebrates children, develops their natural creativity and inspires lifelong participation in the arts. It features two days of fun and interactive activities and performances by professional artists, arts organizations, schools and community groups that can be enjoyed by the whole family and children of all ages and skill levels.

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Emerging Arts Leaders

Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County (EAL | OC) was founded in 2012 as a program of Arts Orange County. Its vision is to be a mechanism for strengthening future arts leadership by fostering connections between professional artists and arts professionals, encouraging and supporting creative innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit, developing skills, and facilitating networking among arts organizations, civic organizations and individual artists and producers.

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Imagination Celebration

Each Spring, Arts Orange County presents Imagination Celebration: Orange County’s only county-wide family arts festival!

Presented in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, Imagination Celebration dynamically connects the community, arts organizations, universities, and Orange County students through meaningful arts experiences.

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National Theatre Live

Now you can catch some of the most talked about shows in London for just a fraction of the cost. Plays at the National Theatre in London are shot in high definition and broadcast on giant screens across the globe. Viewers will experience the best of British theatre up close and personal in the best seat in the house!

The NT Live series is brought to Orange County through a partnership with Arts Orange County and the Irvine Barclay Theatre.

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Orange County Arts Awards

The Annual OC Arts Awards is a benefit evening that recognizes & celebrates the arts organizations, artists, and arts patrons in the OC community whose significant contributions during the past year, or over the course of a lifetime, have notably impacted the arts in Orange County.

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Poetry Out Loud

Arts Orange County is proud to facilitate participation by Orange County students and educators in the Poetry Out Loud Program. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, California proudly holds court as home to the largest Poetry Out Loud competition in the country. The 2019 competition series encompassed 52 counties, 305 schools, and 730 teachers, reaching nearly 60,600 students statewide.

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Voices: Veterans Storytelling Project

VOICES brings together the artistic community and the extensive community of military veterans in Orange County; teaching them to turn the story of their experience of service into a storytelling project that promotes healing and understanding

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"Stay Firmly in Your Own Path and Dare. Be Wild Two Hours a Day" - Paul Gaugin

Nicole Javier (background), Chloris Li and Miller Tai in the Theatre for Young Audiences production of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon at South Coast Repertory. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

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Resource Links

We've collected some handy links for you - just a few shortcuts for professional opportunities, artist calls, educational resources, and more!

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Advocacy

Arts Orange County speaks up for the arts and arts education to government, the media, the business community, and the citizens of Orange County.

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Education Resources

We strive to collect and spotlight approved curriculum and other resources that can help arts educators maximize their impact on the next generation of artists!

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Opportunities

We're constantly on the lookout for Grant Opportunities, Artist Calls, and other programs and resources that may help you or your organization get to the next level.