There are days I have to force myself to look for the silver linings. Diving into what we do each month at Orange Coast helps. We meet people committed to staying upbeat and focusing on the work they can control: people such as Casey Reitz, president of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
As he nears his one-year anniversary at the post, he’s grateful for the three months he had pre-pandemic to be introduced to the area, and he sounds excited about the potential for new ideas. “I think the organization and the community are open to taking risks and exploring different kinds of partnerships,” he says. “I think you’re going to see a lot more local collaborations and local artists. We’re also exploring ways to quarantine artists to have them perform onstage to a dramatically limited audience and then stream it. That would be an exciting thing to do, especially if we could create a new work. That’s a silver lining.” Reitz isn’t alone in his optimism about the future of local arts, as you will discover in the PremiereOC pages within this issue (Page 65).
In addition to missing live performances, we’re also longing for vacations. Many people never had a chance to recharge: A study from the American Hotel & Lodging Association finds only 38 percent of Americans say they are likely to travel overnight for leisure before year’s end. Perhaps you can remedy that with some time at O.C. resorts. Whether you spend a night or a week, there’s a perfect spot here for your getaway (Page 100), and it might be a place you’ve overlooked before. Plus you’ll help local hotel employees keep their jobs.
I hope we can all channel some of Retiz’s upbeat attitude. “It’s hard to maintain your sense of humor and your morale, but it’s going to be over,” he says. “We’re just doing our best to remember that there will be a vaccine, we will reopen, and then people will flock.” Hear! Hear!