2020 Programs

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Artist Conversations With Industry

Arts industry professionals are joined by moderator Martin Dominguez Ball to discuss trends and topics. The audience is given the opportunity to ask questions. Consideration is given to those just starting out in various arts industries and are looking for direction for pursuing careers. Past topics included Orange County’s film industry, public art and building online audiences. Occurs the first Friday of the month.


Arts Outreach – Virtual Studio Visits

Orange County artists of all disciplines open the doors to their studios and share their inspirations and their works. Artists will occasionally give demonstrations of their craft for the audience. Artists will take questions from the audience during the visit and after the presentation. Past artists include musicians Margie Derosso & Dave Lang; sculptor Leslie Fandrich, photographer and multimedia artist Vernon Byron; glass and multimedia artist Mollie McKinley, painter Mary Altobelli; collage artist Jonathan Talbot, sculptor Vivien Collens and photographer Claire Gilliam. Occurs third Thursday of the month.


Arts Support Services

Every Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm, Orange County Arts Council opens its office to consult with its members. Staff will discuss and advise members on such topics as marketing, social media, resume building, presenting works, employment opportunities, event management and more. Available by appointment only; consulting sessions are for one half-hour.


Student Arts Showcase

This program offers students in Grades K-12 throughout Orange County to present their artwork in Crystal Run Mall in Middletown, NY. Students’ K-8 artwork is shown in a video slideshow presentation, while high school students’ work is exhibited on panels and participates in a people’s choice competition. Additionally, there is a high school musical preview. Young actors present highlights of musicals staged at their schools. This program attracts over 3500 spectators each year and every school district is represented. Occurs the last Saturday of February.


Hudson Valley Creative Impact

This event facilitates discussion between cultural organizations, commissions, societies, organizations, committees and creative entrepreneurs advocating for the arts in their communities. Speakers from such organizations as MASS MoCA and Storm King offer attendees insights on trends, state of the artistic and cultural industries, inspirational sources and more. It attracts over 300+ from both sides of the Hudson and is an important opportunity for those in the creative professions to network with both individuals and organizations. 



Membership in Orange County Arts Council offers a number of benefits. Members can take advantage of such opportunities as one half-hour free legal advisory session, free half-hour arts consultation, Arts Community Grants, 10% discount to Annual Gala and other events, quarterly Members Meetups throughout the county, weekly newsletter with OCAC and member events, free admission to Artist Conversation with Industry and Studio Visits. 


Artist Directory

OCAC’s website offers a directory for its artists to post links to their websites, artworks, social media sites and more. It offers a convenient site for artists to connect with others, or for those in the arts community to reach out and network with fellow artists.


Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp

The Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp was created in loving memory of Jarret Markel. Jarrett’s love for motocross was surpassed only by his love for his family. He was a lifelong resident of Newburgh, New York. His persistence, determination, kind spirit and soul will be forever missed.

The Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp brings professional teaching artists from Orange County to provide hands-on arts opportunities for students in our community. Classes are free and are geared towards specific ages groups; 5-8, 8-12, and 12-16. After live presentations, classes are uploaded to OCAC’s YouTube Channel, including separate recordings in Spanish. Activities range from paper arts, book arts, creating with nature, comic book creation, story telling, drawing, and painting. 


Community Arts Grants

The Orange County Arts Council 2020 Community Arts Grants are designed to encourage new and abundant arts and culture opportunities in Orange County. The Community Arts Grants will be administered by OCAC and funded through individual donations made to the Arts Council from donors and sponsors, including a generous gift from the Wesley-Krueger Family Foundation.  Community Arts Grants to be awarded will range in amount from $500.00 to $2,500.00. Funding consideration is given to artistic projects in any discipline as long as the artists are 18 years of age or older, living or working in Orange County, and is a member OCAC, or; are created by an arts organization located in Orange County which is a member of the OCAC; and are exhibited at an art venue in Orange County.


Fiscal Sponsorship

OCAC’s fiscal sponsorship program allows individuals and emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status to raise funds for nonprofit activities through tax-deductible, charitable contributions from individuals as well as foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Activities are considered nonprofit in nature when they are undertaken for the greater good of the public and community, rather than for the financial benefit of individuals or shareholders. 

Please note, fiscal sponsorship is NOT a grant program. It is a tool for organizations to use as part of their own fundraising efforts. Individuals and organizations still have to raise money; fiscal sponsorship allows them to offer donors a way to contribute that is tax-deductible.

Photo above of Marlena Dae by Stefan Bauman

O.C. Live

Orange County Arts Council’s music committee, composed of professional musicians throughout the region, have developed a creative solution to support musicians. O.C. Live offers musicians the opportunity to directly connect with audiences and provides our community with enriching local performances. Each Friday at 12:30pm, audiences can tune in to Orange County Arts Council’s Social media to listen to local musicians. The audience is able to learn and connect with musicians during interviews conducted during the intermission. Broadcast live from Stonegate Farms in Newburgh, the pilot program has had approximately 2000 viewers. The Orange County Arts Council music committee includes Dion Placencia, Neil Alexander, Everett Collie, E’Lissa Jones, and Waylen Roache.