For 25 years, Arts Orange County has worked behind the scenes of our diverse and vibrant arts and cultural communities to help arts organizations and individual artists thrive.

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Membership support helps us forge innovative and effective collaborations, grow informed and active audiences and ensure that the arts are seen as essential to the emotional, physical, and economic well-being of our region.

As a member, you'll receive direct benefits that include networking gatherings, free and discounted professional development opportunities, resource communications, event promotion, and more! Members are also beneficiaries of ArtsOC's advocacy work at the local, state, and national level.

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Member Spotlight

Celebrating the wide variety of Orange County artists and arts organizations in our community

Marlene Group

Relámpago Del Cielo

The Santa Ana-based Relámpago Del Cielo has been entertaining audiences and making a difference in the community for nearly 50 years. Their mix of low-cost Mexican Folkloric dance classes for all ages, dance recitals, and local and international performances has brought them accolades from 46th Congressional District Representative Lou Correa, the City of Santa Ana and Disney. They are the featured group for the annual Disneyland Resort Holiday Show “¡Viva Navidad!” and the Disney/Pixar show “A Musical Celebration of Coco” for Día de los Muertos.

Relámpago del Cielo, which means “Lightning from the Sky” in Spanish, has hosted approximately 10,000 students over their 48 years, including studio classes, and after school programming at various schools, colleges and universities. They currently have almost 300 students enrolled in their program.

For Artistic Director Marlene Peña-Marin, the organization also means family, passion, perseverance, love and pride to its participants.

“To the community, I hope we have been a tool to educate all those that witness our performances sharing the heart and beauty of the Mexican culture,” she said.

She went on to say that the most rewarding part of the organization for her is watching their classes in full force.

“Witnessing a child unlock their artistic ability and see them grow not just a dancer, but confident individual, is incredible on so many levels,” she explained.  “And the fact that we have continued to offer low cost tuition to reach as many families as we have since almost the inception of this organization, well, I would have to say that is the greatest accomplishment.”

Relámpago del Cielo will be performing “Querido Mexico…” at the Musco Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. Their performance company will be joined by Mariachi Santa Monica.

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Academy for the Performing Arts (HBUHSD)
American Coast Theater Co., Vanguard University
Anaheim Ballet
Arts & Learning Conservatory
Ballet Études
Ballet Project OC
Ballet Repertory Theatre
Baroque Music Festival - Corona del Mar
Beall Center Art + Technology
Berman Arts Agency
Bowers Museum
Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble
Cabrillo Playhouse
Camino Real Playhouse
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
Chapman University, College of Performing Arts
Christ Cathedral Concerts
Chuck Jones Center For Creativity
City of Brea
City of Costa Mesa, Cultural Arts Committee
City of Dana Point
City of Fullerton - Fullerton Museum Center
City of Garden Grove
City of Irvine
City of Laguna Beach
City of Mission Viejo
City of Newport Beach
City of Placentia
City of Santa Ana
City of Tustin
City of Yorba Linda
Coastline College Art Gallery
Concordia University
Creative Kids Playhouse Children's Theatre
CSUF Grand Central Art Center
CSUF, College of the Arts
Discovery Science Center
Ektaa Center
Festival Ballet Theatre
Festival of Arts
Focus Dance Center
Friends of the Children's Museum at La Habra
Fullerton Friends of Music
Fullerton Museum Center
Girl Scouts of Orange County
Global Harmony Symphony
Greater Orange Community Arts Theater
Hidden Truths Project
Hilbert Museum of California Art
Hope Center for the Arts
Huntington Beach Art Center
Infinite Flow Dance
Irvine Barclay Theatre
JD Theatricals
Journeys to the Past
Laguna Art Museum
Laguna Beach Arts Alliance
Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center
Laguna Beach Live
Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association
Laguna College of Art & Design
Laguna Dance Festival
Laguna Playhouse
Laguna Woods Village (Golden Rain Foundation)


Los Alamitos Ballet
Lyric Opera of Orange County
Media Arts Santa Ana
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission Viejo Friends of the Arts
Mozart Classical Orchestra
Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Museum of Teaching and Learning
Musical Theatre Village
Newport Beach Film Festival
Oasis Center International
Orange County Arts and Disability
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Orange County Children's Theatre
Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center
Orange County Crazies
Orange County Fair & Event Center
Orange County Fine Arts, Inc.
Orange County Museum of Art
Orange County Music and Dance
Orange County Musicians' Association
Orchestra Collective of Orange County
Orange County School of the Arts
Orange County Women's Chorus
Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra
Orange County Children's Theatre
PACDA - Pan America Chinese Dance Alliance
Pacific Chorale
Pacific Conservatory
Pacific Symphony
Pacific Vocal Series
Philharmonic Society of Orange County
Relámpago del Cielo
Saddleback College, Fine Arts Division
Santa Ana Unified School District
Sea Coast Symphony
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Sherman Library and Gardens
SoCal Ballet Scene
Soka University
South Coast Chinese Cultural Center
South Coast Repertory
South Coast Singers
South Coast Symphony
Southern California Children's Choral Association
Southern California Philharmonic
Symphony Irvine
The Art Spread
The Chance Theater
The Festival Singers
The Picerne Family Foundation
The Silence is Broken
The Wooden Floor
Tri-School Theatre
Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts
UCI, Claire Trevor School of the Arts

Vanguard University Department of Music
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association
Visual Art Studio and Art School
Well Beings Studio
White Nights Artistic Society
Yorba Linda Arts Alliance Foundation

Individual Artists & Members

Alexa Alexander
Ramsey Andrijevich
Charlene Ashendorf
Bill Atkins
James Bates
Jennifer Beaudet
Brigitte Beisner
Mark Bregman
Dr. Marilyn Brock
Tanya Buckley
Rachel Bunteman
Anastasi Cardona
Robert Chesney
Grant Coultroup
Jennifer Cullen-Vogt
Christopher De Filippo
Rick J. Delanty Fine Art
Corey Le Dell
Dr. Brandon Elliott
Roz Esposito
Robert Ferguson
Carla Fish-Cohen
Mary Grace Floresca
Sharon Frances
Margaret Elysia Garcia
Diana Ghoukassian
Carol Gibson
Taylor Glenn
Laura Green
Desislava Grueva
Nancy Harrell
Laura Haight
Shirley Harris
Virginia Hayter
Samuel Helm
Mary Hoffman
Gene Jimenez
Nancy L. Kidder
Amber Killinger
Mary Lombard
Branda Lin
Anthony Mansfield
Emet Martinez
Abbe Levine
Kacie Lyn Martinez
Goran Matijasevic, Ph.D.
Herbert McGurk
Steven McHale
Nicki McLean
Jeff Miller
Barbie Miranda
Susie Munger
Lauren Nicole
Valerie Noden
Lara Ralston
Geena Russo
Trishala Shah
Laura Shapiro
Dr. Emmanuel Sharef
Gary Simpson
Catherine Singer
Marco Somoano
Marin Somoano
Rachel Somoano AKA P. Marin
Edward Spear
Anne Q. Tran
Belle Tuckerman
Susan Turner
Margaret Upton
A.E. Van Fleet
Gil Vasquez
Krista Wallace
Judy Wilcox
Denise Woda
Katy Wright
Scarlet Wu
Ron Yeo
Robert Zasa
Robert Zymet