Laureate of Orange County

Incorporated in 1888, the City of Orange was founded on creativity. Money needed to beautify the towne square was raised through collaborative programs, festivals, and The Plaza: A Local Drama in Five Acts, which was written and performed by the community. One year later, Orange County was formed out of the southern third of Los Angeles County with those same storytelling roots embedded in its culture.

Today, Orange County, California, the sixth-most populous county in the nation, is rich with cultural heritage and literary arts. Our diverse cities are filled with writers, journalists, educators, and more, all with their own unique stories to share.

The annual Orange County Laureate program will provide us with the opportunity to recognize the great storytellers of our region while connecting, educating, and partnering with our community to elevate the voices of our neighbors.

To select our first annual Orange County Laureate, we’re asking the community to nominate the neighbors who inspire you. Vote at the 1888 Center in Old Towne Orange, or complete a nomination form at