Advocacy - Overview

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

Much of our current advocacy focus is in the area of arts education. We support the preservation and protection of state mandated, standards-based arts curriculum in Orange County public schools.

Arts Orange County has taken a leadership role in advocating for the restoration of funding for the California Arts Council (CAC), our state arts agency. We work to ensure that Orange County’s artists and arts organizations receive their fair share of the CAC funding that is available, and that Orange County is represented on the Council.

Arts Orange County Executive Director Rick Stein (left) meets with freshman Orange County Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-45th District) in her Washington, DC office.    Rick Stein joins a delegation of California arts leaders in visiting with Orange County Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-47th District) (second from left) in his Washington, DC office. Also pictured, from left, Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council; Donn Harris, Chair, California Arts Council; Tamara Alvarado, Executive Director, School of Arts & Culture, San Jose.


Orange County Cultural Indicators Report
In 2006, Arts Orange County and the Orange County Community Foundation released the results of a study they conducted in a publication entitled Orange County Cultural Indicators Report: Measuring Progress Toward a More Creative Community.

The goal was to acquire and share a clear understanding of Orange County’s arts and culture sector. The results have been used to engage the community in collaborative planning and problem-solving that makes Orange County a more creative community. The study was funded by The James Irvine Foundation, The Boeing Company and Keith and Judy Swayne.