UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT
Best Arts Program
On Sunday, April 3, 2016, during the 10th annual Art Stars Awards ceremony,Laguna Dance Festival was recognized for its continued artistic excellence, and for presenting Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company as a part of their 2015 festival season. Founder and artistic director Jodie Gates accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
Just as the U.S. entered a period of normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba, Orange County audiences were treated to a taste of Cuba’s rich cultural scene with performances by its hottest contemporary dance company, Malpaso. While Malpaso translates to the tongue-in-cheek name ‘misstep,’ there was no such thing in Malpaso’s smooth, athletic and passionate performances of original choreography.
2015 Achievement Award
On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Arts Orange County held its 16th Annual Orange County Arts Awards in the Samueli Theater at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Emceed by Mechelle Lawrence-Adams, Executive Director of Mission San Juan Capistrano, and ArtsOC Executive Director Rick Stein, the ceremony celebrated both lives and accomplishments in the arts community, and gave special honors to outstanding organizations and individuals
2015 OC Arts Awards Honorees
(from L) Marlene Peña-Marin, Artistic Director accepting for Relámpago del Cielo; Cathy Rigby; Wylie & Bette Aitken; Jodie Gates, Artistic Director accepting for Laguna Dance Festival