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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

The Power of Art

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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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

Santa Ana Celebrates the Latin American Harp

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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