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Volume 6, Issue 75  | September 17, 2021


OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund awards assistance to artists

The OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund has awarded a first round of relief totaling $30,000 to individual Orange County artists. The Fund was launched last month by Orange County’s nonprofit arts council, Arts Orange County (ArtsOC), in partnership with Charitable Ventures and the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF), based in Newport Beach, to support creative artists and local nonprofit arts and culture organizations as they face significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funding was awarded to 40 artists who reside in Orange County, and have experienced significant financial losses due to COVID-19. Each artist received a one-time grant of $750. Support for the artist assistance grants came from the generosity of the Larry and Helen Hoag Foundation and other contributors to the OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund.

OC Arts Southland Ballet Academy

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Southland Ballet Academy

“The artists receiving this assistance range from actors and singers to musicians and arts educators, painters and craftspeople, dancers and directors, and reside in every area of the county,” said Richard Stein, president and CEO of ArtsOC. “They have experienced the cancellation of the art festivals, concerts, and theatrical productions where they earn their livelihoods and the closure of the schools and after-school programs where they teach. It is our sincere hope that the assistance we provide will provide a portion of what they need until the arts venues can reopen safely and they can resume work.” 

“Without art, there is no culture and no advance to civilization. The OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund acknowledges the need to keep us whole and creating until such time as we can all return to the space where the world can once again celebrate art,” said Sheri, a jeweler, and Brian, a mixed media artist from Laguna Woods. “We are grateful both for the grant, but also for the awareness that we too need that helping hand.”   

The OC Arts and Culture Resilience Fund continues to accept donations to meet the needs of more individual artists and the local arts organizations that hire them. Community members are encouraged to donate at https://charitableventuresoc.org/resilience-fund-arts/.

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