Workshop #6: The Arts in Our Community

In February, the Leadership Tomorrow class of 2017 will ‘pull back the curtain’ on the arts in Orange County. The day begins in South Coast Metro with a walking tour of the Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario. Commissioned by Henry Segerstrom in 1979 and completed in 1982, Isamu Noguchi’s California Scenario is recognized as one of the country’s preeminent sculpture gardens and the most vital publicly accessible outdoor sculpture oasis in Southern California. Situated on 1.6 acres, the garden in its design symbolizes various geographical characteristics in California, incorporating indigenous plants and materials.

Next the class will have a backstage pass to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. They will go behind-the-scenes of Segerstrom Hall, the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theatre. These halls are home to local performing artists like the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and American Ballet Theatre. Situated in a 14-acre multidisciplinary campus of the same name that encompasses two other major arts organizations.

The ‘Art’ tour continues thru ‘scenery’, ‘wardrobe/costumes’, ‘props’, ‘make-up’ and more at the Tony® Award-winning South Coast Repertory.

During lunch at The Capital Grille the class will break bread with some of Orange County’s premiere leaders during an Arts Roundtable featuring the following:

  • Terrance Dwyer, President, Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Paula Tomei, Managing Director, South Coast Repertory
  • Dan Duling, Screenwriter, Pageant of the Masters
  • Dawn Reese, Executive Director and co-CEO, The Wooden Floor

The class will then review and curate a short film with the guidance of Dennis Baker, Director, Short Film Programming, The Newport Beach Film Festival. The rolling credits at the close of the film, will not mark the end of this ‘Arts Day’! The final act is yet to come.

The class will journey south to the Wyland Worldwide Global Headquarters for a private tour of the exclusive Wyland Foundation ‘Originals’ Gallery. They will end the day with an uber-exclusive painting party lead by Wyland in his private studio. You don’t get any more ‘behind-the-scenes’ then access to one of the most influential artists of the 21st century in his personal workspace!

Segerstrom Center for the Arts