“The Pacific Symphony has been named a recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation on Tuesday for the second time in three years,” writes Jackie Moe in Tuesday’s (1/3) Orange County Register (California). “The money will be used to further the Symphony’s initiatives to develop programs in participatory arts engagement and strengthen partnerships with organizations within Orange County’s Chinese American community…. The symphony is offering free or low-cost community concerts throughout the multi-year initiative, as well as forging relationships with organizations such as the South Coast Chinese Cultural Association and Irvine Chinese School to create programs and events for Chinese American families. Among the programs supported by the first grant was Strings for Generations … in which parents and children perform together in an orchestra…. Specific initiatives for the new grant also include identifying 20-25 Chinese community members to join the new support group Jade Society … and increase ticket buyers by working with the Chinese Communities Leadership Council. By recruiting and training diverse volunteer corps of approximately 100 ambassadors, the Symphony hopes to also reach new and diverse Orange County communities.”

Posted January 4, 2017

Pictured: Parents and children in the Strings for Generations program, a partnership between the Pacific Symphony and the Irvine Chinese School, supported by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)