Educational Institutions

Orange County School of the Arts Foundation

  • Santa Ana, CA
  • www.ocsarts.net

Mission Statement

The mission of the Orange County School of the Arts is to provide a creative, challenging, and nurturing environment that offers bright and talented students unparalleled preparation for higher education and a profession in the arts.

Main Programs

  1. Academic Programs
  2. Arts Conservatory Programs
  3. Community Programs
Service Areas

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California

We serve 2,100 students in grades 7-12 from more than 120 cities across 5 counties in Southern California.

ruling year

1990

Executive Director since 1987

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Dr. Ralph S. Opacic

Chief Operations Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Mr. Steven Wagner

Keywords

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orange county, arts, education

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Also Known As

OCSA

EIN

33-0377341

 Number

1182398490

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Academic Programs

The Orange County School of the Arts provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum aligned to the California State Standards. Students attend approximately five hours of academic classes in addition to three hours of daily arts instruction.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,033,585

Program 2

Arts Conservatory Programs

OCSA offers pre-professional training in fifteen arts conservatories, including Acting, Classical & Contemporary Dance, Classical Voice, Commercial Dance, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, Digital Media, Film & Television, Integrated Arts, Classical Instrumental Music, Contemporary Instrumental Music, International Dance, Musical Theatre, Production & Design, and Visual Arts. The conservatory learning experiences include daily classes taught by highly-trained full time faculty and working professional artists. We also bring in renowned guest artists, university faculty and industry leaders who share their expertise through residencies, master classes, demonstrations, lectures, and performances. In addition, OCSA students participate in more than 120 performances, presentations and exhibitions each school year. These opportunities are invaluable for the artistic training of our students, and include dance and music concerts, plays, readings, film festivals, gallery shows, musicals and recitals, held on and off campus. Students also participate in many off-site field trips and tours to renowned arts venues to see professional productions and exhibitions, as well as competing in regional and national arts festivals.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,033,585

Program 3

Community Programs

OCSA also serves the community through accessible performances and arts training during non-school hours. These programs include Camp OCSA, a series of ten week, after school arts workshops led by our senior students and available free of charge to nearly 500 disadvantaged Santa Ana children in grades 4-6; the Gluck Community Service Arts Fellowship Program, free artistic performances and activities presented by our students to over 50,000 underserved children and adults in non-traditional community venues; and California Arts Center, which provides low cost art classes for hundreds of children and adults, taught by our faculty on weekends and during summer break. These community programs provide children, adults, and seniors who have little accessibility to the arts and live performance with enriching experiences that help to remove boundaries and broaden horizons and instill a lifelong passion for the arts

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,033,585

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We serve 2,100 students in grades 7-12 from more than 120 cities across 5 counties in Southern California.

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ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOLOFTHEARTS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Orange County School of the Arts Foundation

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Executive Director

Dr. Ralph S. Opacic

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Steven Wagner

BIO

Dr. Ralph Opacic founded the award-winning Orange County High School of the Arts in 1987 and currently serves as executive director and president. Opacic is credited for assembling the finest artist-teachers and academic instructors in Southern California and creating an opportunity for young performing and visual artists to develop their talents to their greatest potential.
Widely awarded for his achievements in arts education, Opacic was named the 2009 Outstanding Founder by the Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day Orange County. He has also been named a recipient of the 2007 Orange County Business Journal Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award; the 2007 Cultural Legacy Award: Artistic Visionary by Arts Orange County; and Orange County Arts Educator of the Year for Administration by Arts Orange County and the Orange County Music & Arts Administrators. In 2012, Opacic received The Jeffrey Lawrence Award from Arts Schools Network for exemplifying an uncompromising commitment to excellence in arts education and arts training.
Actively involved in the local arts community, Opacic also served as president of the West Coast School of the Arts and president of the Pacific Coast Dance Fest, two programs that provide musical theatre and dance lessons for children of all ages. Opacic currently serves on the Board of Arts Schools Network (a nonprofit that serves 1,486 arts-focused schools, arts organizations and arts education leaders nationwide) and as President for two years.
Opacic earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from California State University, Long Beach in 1981, a Master of Science degree in educational administration from National University in 1990, and a Doctoral degree in education from University of Southern California in 1994.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michal Mekjian

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Term: Jan 2005 -

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