Festival of Arts: Art Matters
In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach was founded as way to help struggling artists. Fast-forward 85 years later, the Festival continues to develop full and enriching art opportunities and experiences for Orange County and beyond. Its mission is to promote, produce and sponsor events and activities that encourage the appreciation, study and performance of the arts. This non-profit organization is world famous for its summer events, the Festival’s Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters, and remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the arts.
Nurturing A New Generation of Artists
In addition to its main events, the Festival of Arts is very dedicated to encouraging children and young adults in the appreciation and pursuit of the arts though its scholarship and education programs. In 1957, the Festival established an Arts Scholarship program. Since then, it has helped thousands of inspiring artists pursue their educational goals in the arts. Scholarships are awarded in the categories of film, performing arts, visual arts, and writing. Many students have indicated that they would not have been able to follow their passion and a career in the arts without this funding. Some of the recipients are now cinematic artists, photojournalists, and even fashion designers.
Art workshops are held throughout the summer season at the Festival of Arts, free of charge in printmaking, ceramics and many other disciplines. Special art programs are also developed with the Boys and Girls Club, Pacific Symphony and other local organizations. As a means to encourage and recognize achievement in the arts, the Festival also hosts a Junior Art Exhibit, which showcases the work of over 300 Orange County students from pre- kindergarten to 12th grade.