Creative Education * Creative Arts * Creative Therapies



O.C. Children’s Therapeutic Arts Returns to In-Person Learning

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L to R  Justin Navarette, Jesus Reyes, Roberto Reyes, Angelica Cervantes, William Do-Trinh


MAY 26, 2021 9:11 PM PT

At the start of distance learning last year, Roberto Reyes didn’t feel like logging into any additional Zoom classes other than the required amount, he said. Reyes, now 15 years old, had spent most of his life consistently attending Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts programs, but finishing up his last year of middle school online was hard enough. It wasn’t until a few months later that he began itching to return to art classes no matter if they were held online.

“Not having something to look forward to every day was driving me nuts,” he said.

This year Reyes is participating in piano, viola, harp and media arts programs at the center in a hybrid-learning model. By June 7, the center plans to fully transition to having in-person classes limited in size to accommodate social distancing at its Santa Ana headquarters.    Read full story here 

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

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Article By: SARA EAKER (Leap Into Leadership)

The Orange County Children's Therapecutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) offers programs that unite the arts with academics an cretive therapies for at-risk youth and children with special needs. Found and CEO, Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, recognized as a "Woman Who Makes a Difference" has received both the National Hispanic Business Women Association Award and the National Award for Creativity in Special Education. For nearly 20 years, OCCTAC has provided artistic training in the fields of .... Read Full Story Here

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Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, founder of OCCTAC, speaks of the multifaceted healing reach of art  in the November 2018 "OC Heroes" issue of Orange Coast magazine.

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Santa Ana Celebrates the Latin American Harp


From the coastal port of Veracruz, Mexico to landlocked Paraguay, the harp in Latin America has accentuated traditional music with its sonorous melodies for centuries. The grown out fingernails of musicians pluck the instrument's numerous nylon strings that vibrate its sophisticated sounds. Four such master harpists from Latin America are lending their superb talents for days of events culminating in a concert performance this weekend in Santa Ana..... Read Full Story Here

Ana Jimenez-Hami Brings the Arts to

Low-Income Kids

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Growing up in Puerto Rico, Ana Jimenez-Hami’s father, Freddy, never let her forget about the importance of helping those who weren’t as fortunate as she.

“He’d always say, ‘You have to learn to give back to others in need,’ ” recalls Jimenez-Hami, 52, who now lives in Irvine, Calif.... Read Full Story Here