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Orange County Great Park is calling all artists, offering grants and residencies (updated)

April 4, 2011 |  3:56 pm

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The management of the Orange County Great Park is summoning artists in all genres to apply for grants that will pay four winners $7,500 stipends to occupy studios that used to house fighter squadrons.

The six-month residencies begin in July. The application deadline is Friday for “adult artists from around the world,  who work in any discipline,” including, but not limited to, visual arts, performing arts, interdisciplinary arts and literature.

The grant-makers aren’t looking for specific project proposals but for evidence of overall artistic quality and an ability to interact with the public, since the point is for the artists to “routinely” engage with park visitors.

The review panel includes Joseph Lewis III, dean of UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts; Mike McGee, who is in charge of Cal State Fullerton’s art gallery and its satellite Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana; and choreographer Sylvia Turner.

The studios, ranging from about 150 to 500 square feet, are part of the Palm Court  & Squadron Complex, which also will house the Great Park Gallery. No live-ins allowed, and those who do their best work at night should note that the curfew is 10 p.m.

There’s no word on whether the residencies include line-jumping privileges for rides on the Great Park’s signature feature –- a big, orange, helium balloon.

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(For the record: an earlier version of this post incorrectly described the balloon as hot-air rather than helium, and suggested that the rides were not free)

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: The tethered hot-air balloon at Orange County Great Park. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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