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The Future of: Philanthropy in the Arts - Guest Speakers

The OC Forum is honored to welcome our panel of leading advocates for "The Future of: Philanthropy in the Arts." Join us virtually on Thursday, December 9th, at 12 PM with our moderator Taryn Palumbo, Executive Director of OC Grantmakers, in a timely discussion regarding the value of the arts and philanthropy's impacts in this industry during the pandemic.

Click here to RSVP! Meet our panelists for the program below.

Taryn Palumbo, Executive Director, OC Grantmakers (moderator)

As Executive Director of Orange County Grantmakers, Taryn Palumbo provides strategic leadership, oversees and executes programming, communication, and community engagement, and supports the organization's operations. In addition, she has served as a consultant with United Way Orange County and supported various nonprofit clients. For more information, click on the link below!

Casey Reitz, President, Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Casey Reitz joined the Segerstrom Center as its newest President in December 2019. Reitz previously served as the Executive Director of Second Stage Theater, one of the leading non-profit theater companies in New York City. He successfully led the acquisition, renovation, and reopening of Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater. With the launching of the Hayes, Second Stage became the 4th non-profit with a permanent home on Broadway. Follow the link below to learn more about Casey Reitz and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts!

John Forsyte, President, Pacific Symphony

John Forsyte has led the Pacific Symphony - one of the nation's fastest-growing orchestral institutions - since May 1998. Under his leadership, the Symphony has enjoyed multiple awards and grants for its contribution to the arts. In addition, the League of American Orchestras showcased the Pacific Symphony as one of America's most innovative orchestras for its efforts around thematic programming. Click on the link below to read more!

Kristin Campbell, Vice President, Orange County Theatre Guild

As Orange County Theatre Guild's Vice President, Kristin Campbell nurtures, supports, and promotes live theatre in Greater Orange County. In addition to producing the OCTG Theatre awards, Campbell and the guild host networking events, regional auditions, panel discussions, and artist spotlights. Most recently, Campbell and the guild launched a Theatre Artists Relief Fund to support independent theatre artists struggling due to the pandemic. Click on the link below to learn more about Kristin Campbell and the Orange County Theatre Guild!

Richard Stein, President, and CEO, ArtsOC

For more than 12 years under Richard Stein's leadership, Arts Orange County has addressed the needs of the arts and culture community in Orange County, becoming a trailblazer among nonprofit arts councils worldwide. This has enabled Arts Orange County to become a leading advocate for the arts and arts education on the local, state, and national levels. To learn more about Stein’s accomplishments and the Arts OC, click the link below!

Eddie Torres, President, and CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts

Edwin Torres joined Grantmakers in the Arts as President & CEO in October 2017. Most recently, he served as deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City, where he

worked on a long-term sustainability plan to support the diversity of the city's cultural organizations and first cultural plan. Torres has also served as a program officer with The Rockefeller Foundation, working on the foundation's support for arts, culture, job access, and resilience. Follow the link below to learn more about Eddie Torres and Grantmakers in the Arts!

Randy Cohen, Vice President, Americans for The Arts

Through his dedication and innovation, Randy Cohen has been empowering arts advocates since 1991. Americans for The Arts is the national advocacy organization for the arts where Cohen stands out as a noted expert in arts funding, research, and using the arts to address community development issues. In addition, he publishes the nation's largest public opinion study about the arts titled Americans Speak Out About the Arts and has given speeches in all 50 states. Learn more about Randy Cohen and Americans for The Arts by clicking the link below!

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