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Philanthropist Connie Spenuzza is recognized for commitment to the arts

Orange County philanthropist, arts advocate and international award-winning author Connie Spenuzza, M.S. Ed. will be honored for her long-standing commitment to the arts and discuss her new book The Unique Women of the Venetian Republic on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 1:30 p.m.  A book talk hosted by Angels of the Arts, Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ group of donors dedicated to contributing to art expansion, will take place to celebrate Spenuzza at the Orange County Museum of Art’s Verdant Restaurant with tasty Italian merenda, music and film.

Across the decades, Spenuzza has played a pivotal role in establishing a robust groundwork for the arts of Orange County to flourish. She concurrently serves on the board of directors of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, the South Coast Repertory, and the Preservation Foundation of Mission San Juan Capistrano, supporting many projects for each organization. Her foundation, The Spenuzza Velastegui Family Foundation, has provided funding for a wide variety of artistic initiatives throughout the community.

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Connie Spenuzza, M.S. Ed.

Spenuzza is also one of two Hispanic individuals on the board of directors, serving as a voice for the recognition and expansion of Latin American art in Orange County. She has written countless bilingual novels and children’s fables, acted as an underwriter for American Ballet Theatre’s premiere of Like Water for Chocolate at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in March 2023, and served as an honorary producer of La Havana Madrid in Mission San Juan Capistrano in August 2023.

Spenuzza is more than a highly talented author, she is a leader to her artistic community and a spearhead to increasing the abundance of Hispanic arts in Orange County. She supports campaigns on a profound and heartfelt level and is a true role model for creativity and philanthropy amongst her peers.

“I am so honored and excited to gather with my fellow arts advocates to celebrate the stories of the strong Italian women in this book and celebrate art as a whole,” said Spenuzza. “Art is the way that we speak up for silenced voices, and share experiences, emotions and aspirations. I am so passionate about the work that I have done with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Orange County Museum of Art, South Coast Repertory and the Preservation Foundation of Mission San Juan Capistrano. As the only member of Orange County to serve on these organization boards simultaneously, I have been blessed with a unique opportunity to contribute my support to various facets of art in our community and watch them expand together at the same time. I cannot wait to see what we continue to build in the future.”

Confirmed book talk VIP attendees include OC Supervisor Katrina Foley; CEO and President of the Orange County Museum of Art Heidi Zuckerman; Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Renovate America J.P. McNeil; Executive Director of Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano Mechelle Lawrence-Adams; President of Segerstrom Center for the Arts Casey Reitz, Vicky Carabini (philanthropist/ambassador to Capestrano, Italy) and Dr. Peter Spenuzza (arts philanthropist/Spenuzza Velastegui Family Foundation).

Orange County Museum of Art is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa.

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