Historical Facts

Interesting historical facts about the Lamorinda Arts Council:

1950: Orinda Arts Council is founded
1973: Supported the opening of the then new Orinda Community Center
1983: Contributed to the Orinda Community Center Ampitheater built in 1983
2001:  Donated $25,000 to the then new Orinda Library; was instrumental in advocating for the addition of the Orinda Library Art Gallery and Orinda Library Auditorium to the new Orinda Library
2003: Creates and produces the first High School Visual Arts Competition event
2006: Creates and produces the first Orinda Idol singing competition (later to become Lamorinda Idol in 2013)
2007: Creates the first Arts Ambassadors, in partnership with the Orinda Union School District Art Teachers, showcasing Elementary and Middle School Art by Orinda Students
2011: Received the Orinda Association's 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award
2011: Presented 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
2012: Spearheaded the Funding Effort and Oversaw 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
2012: Spearheaded the Funding Effort and Oversaw the Upgrading of the Orinda Library Art Gallery Display Case and Auditorium Wall Lighting
2015: Officially became the Lamorinda Arts Council in order to serve the broader communities of Orinda, Lafayette, and Moraga, CA.
2016: Created and Produced the first inaugural ShortDocs Film Fest, featuring short documentary films by local filmmakers of all ages
2019: Began management of the Art Gallery at Wilder in the Art and Garden Center at Wilder, Orinda. Also began the Art Embraces Words program, showcasing emerging writers and local artists.