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Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County (EAL | OC) was founded in 2012 as a program of Arts Orange County.

Mission: To engage and empower rising professionals in the arts community.

Vision: 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.

Throughout the year, EAL | OC presents professional development activities like workshops, site visits to arts organizations, panel discussions, arts outings, and networking mixers. To get involved or find out more, please join our Facebook group, or email Arts Orange County Program Coordinator Nicholas Thurkettle.

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EAL|OC Steering Committee

Cris Law, Singer/Songwriter

Salina Mendoza, Artist/Entrepreneur

Nalini Sairsingh, Orange County Museum of Art

Backroom Salon

Several times a year, EAL | OC presents the "Back Room Salon", a one-night "pop up gallery" featuring local artists, musicians, and performers, who are invited to present their work and meet and mingle with other artists and arts professionals in the community.