About The Lamorinda Arts Council

Founded in 1950 as the Orinda Arts Council, the Lamorinda Arts Council has been stimulating, supporting, and advocating for the visual and performing arts in the schools and community for the last sixty years.


Currently, key activities of the Lamorinda Arts Council include:Orinda Idol Awards

  • Organizing and funding the annual Lamorinda Idol Program for Lamorinda K-12 students
  • Organizing and funding the annual Visual Arts Competition for Lamorinda high school students
  • Organizing and funding the annual Lamorinda ShortDocs Film Fest for local filmmakers of all ages
  • Facilitating the annual OUSD Arts Ambassadors Exhibit & Reception in the Orinda Library Art Gallery
  • Curating and hanging artwork by prestigious local artists in the Orinda Library Art Gallery and student artwork in the Children's Area
  • Supporting the OUSD and AUHSD with up to $15,000 a year for classroom visual arts and after-school performing arts programs, including:
    ~ Providing 1st & 2nd Grade Art Books and 3rd Grade Sketchbooks for every OUSD student
    ~ Grants to the OIS Bulldog Theater Co., as well as the Miramonte and OUSD spring musicals
    ~ Awards sponsorship of the Lamorinda Unified Film Festival (LAUFF)
  • Participating on Orinda's Art in Public Places Committee
  • Partnering with and supporting community arts organizations, including the Pacific Chamber Symphony, the California Independent Film Festival, Town Hall Theater, the Jennifery Perlmuter Gallery, and the newly incubated Art Moves project, among others

Important historical efforts of the Lamorinda Arts Council include:

  • Supporting the opening of the new Orinda Community Center in 1973
  • Contributing to the Orinda Community Center Ampitheater built in 1983
  • Donating $25,000 to the new Orinda Library opened in 2001
  • Advocating for the addition of the Orinda Library Art Gallery and Orinda Library Auditorium to the new Orinda Library
  • Advocating for hiring of the OUSD Arts Coordinator
  • Instituting the Arts Integration Program at the Orinda Intermediate School
  • Receiving the Orinda Association's 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Spearheading the Funding Effort and Donating to the Installation of the Orinda Art Gallery Video Surveillance System in 2011
  • Presenting the First Annual Orinda Jazz Festival, a Joint Benefit for the Orinda Arts Council and Other Causes, with Lamorinda Theatres and the California Independent Film Festival in 2011
  • Spearheading the Funding Effort and Overseeing the Orinda Historical Mural Replication and Relocation to Orinda Community Park with Partners, Orinda Historical Landmarks Committee and Orinda Historical Society, and Funders, the City of Orinda and the Orinda Community Foundation in 2012
  • Spearheading the Funding Effort and Overseeing the Upgrading of the Orinda Library Art Gallery Display Case and Auditorium Wall Lighting in 2012

The funding for all these programs and contributions past and present comes from members, supporters, and merchants in our community.

PO Box 121 * Orinda, CA * 94563 * 925-359-9940