Resources for Organizations


Arts Orange County's leadership possesses over 60 years of in-depth experience representing all facets of arts management and is ready to assist organizations to achieve their full potential through affordable contracted services, project management, and customized consultation services. For more information abour our services, download our contracted services client list.



Arts Orange County and The Orange County Community Foundation have been collaborating since 2004 to strengthen the region's arts infrastructure.

The 2013 OC Arts Initiative Grant program seeks to engage the public in ways that involve creative expression by audience members.



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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.

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.

ROUNDTABLES: Quarterly roundtables tailored specifically to arts organization CEOs, Marketing Directors, or Development Directors bring together affiliates from all arts organizations to meet guest speakers and discuss current issues and topics of interest within their department.

EMERGING ARTS LEADERS: The Emerging Arts Leaders | Orange County network is quickly becoming an invaluable resource for the next generation of local arts administrators.

RECEPTIONS: 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 CSUF Gianneschi Summer School for Nonprofits.


The ArtsOC Professional Development series is supported by a grant from:

Bank of America



Arts Orange County works to develop collaborative programs of various scales to help establish a true community of the arts within Orange County.

Dia Del Nino: 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.



Many funders in California now require arts organizations to be a member of the Cultural Data Project in order to apply for grants. Operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Cultural Data Project is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. To view the benefits and learn more about how your organization can start participating, visit the California CDP site.



“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.

Download the "Professional-Amateur Engagement: A Balancing Act in Arts Organizations" study


“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.

Download the 2006 OC Cultural Indicators Report



Other organizations in Orange County and beyond offering assistance and resources are listed below:

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (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. For more information, visit

Art & Creativity for Healing offers fine art classes and workshops which address the emotional and social aspects of abuse, illness, grief or stress via the language of color and painting in order to provide encouragement and motivation for individuals living with these conditions. Licensed mental health counselors from partner agencies are present at workshops to respond to psychosocial issues among participants requiring attention. For a schedule of workshops, visit

"California State University, Fullerton Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research Offers an annual Summer School for Nonprofits co-sponsored by Arts Orange County.

The Center for Cultural Innovation 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. For more information, visit

CONNECT provides assistance to nonprofit organizations in developing objectives and strategies for improving daily administration and service delivery, assistance with organizational planning, organization capacity building consultation, leadership development training for staff and boards, and other training opportunities for direct administration and service providers. Seminars, workshops and training sessions are held year-round. For more information, visit

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. For information: (714) 953-5757 or