Love of the Arts

As a life-long lover of the arts, this issue is a particular favorite of mine. With feature stories on the Irvine Barclay Theatre and Arts Orange County (ArtsOC), you will enjoy hearing about what is happening with these two successful nonprofits.

Jerry Mandel, known most recently as President/CEO of the Orange County Performing Arts Center (since named Segerstrom Center for the Arts), has come out of retirement and taken on the reins at the Barclay. Under his direction, there are some new series to appeal to a larger audience–Broadway Cabaret, Distinguished Artist, Jazz (we would expect nothing less from this performance-loving saxophone player, who entertains at Bayside Restaurant every Thursday) and a Family Events Series. Continuing are the Contemporary Dance Series, Hawaiian Music Masters Series, Festival Ballet Theatre Season, National Theatre Screenings and UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts performances. Mandel is very proud that for the first time in its history, the Barclay has a Season Sponsor–City National Bank.

As to ArtsOC, under the nine-year leadership of President/CEO Rick Stein, it is the official arts agency for Orange County and a state-local partner with the California Arts Council. After braving the recent recession, Stein has established a way to serve the community and generate revenue for the nonprofit through consulting and project management. Managing the City of Newport Beach’s Sculpture Exhibition is just one example. Its programs, some newer and some well established, continue, such as Imagination Celebration, Dia del Niño, VOICES–The Veterans Storytelling Project, the Creative Edge Lecture, and SparkOC, the nonrpofit’s successful online events calendar. Stein has established the Re-Create: Orange County Arts & Arts Education Sustainability Initiative, through which he is targeting new and increased funding from both private and pubic sources.

Our travel feature showcases the opening of the luxurious Silo Hotel in Cape Town, which is connected to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the first contemporary art museum in Africa. The museum, due to open soon, will provide a stage for Africa’s brilliant contemporary art scene, as well as a much-needed platform to showcase the continent’s emerging talent.

Don’t miss our story on the fifth annual “Priceless” luncheon, hosted by the Global Center for Women and Justice housed at Vanguard University. Called “A Luncheon to End Human Trafficking,” the event addresses the complex issue of human trafficking in our own backyard and beyond.

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

Cover Photo: Beveldine lead glass piece of art by lead glass artist Cherise Chenier/Photo: Ana Launes