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Newsletter - April 2024

OCCTAC Staff and Team Holiday Photo

8th Annual Boca de Oro Festival

Celebrating Art and Culture

We were thrilled to participate in the 8th Annual Boca de Oro Festival held in Santa Ana on March 2, 2024. Our talented students took center stage, mesmerizing the audience with their captivating performances. The festival was a vibrant celebration of art, literature, and culture, and we're proud to have been a part of it.

Giving Tuesday Leader Board

Bloom 24: Save the Date!

Where Music, Dance and Art Come to Life

Save the date for Bloom 24, an enriching event happening on April 20, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana. Immerse yourself in the multicultural talents of our students, showcasing captivating solo and ensemble performances alongside an inspiring Visual Arts Exhibit highlighting their diverse creations. Sponsored by the City of Santa Ana, this free event is a celebration of diversity and community empowerment. Don't miss out!

Photos from Holiday Party Event

OCCTAC and West Anaheim Medical Center Launch Collaborative Community Health Project

Building a Healthier Future

We are thrilled to announce the launch of OCCTAC's inaugural Community Health Outreach Project, in partnership with West Anaheim Medical Center (WAMC). This groundbreaking collaboration aims to address healthcare disparities and promote wellness within our community. Under the supervision of Dr. Anooshiravan Hami, Clinical Faculty at WAMC, the project seeks to build strong neighborhood associations while providing essential health resources to the underserved population.


Meet OCCTAC's New Board of Director: John Saleman

Alex Mateo Painting

John Saleman, Audit Partner at WithumSmith+Brown, brings 25 years of expertise in financial statement audits for manufacturers, distributors, and professional services entities. A Certified Public Accountant, he's dedicated to community service, previously volunteering as an AYSO referee. John, along with his wife, a high school special education teacher, resides in Huntington Beach with their son, where they cherish family time, outings to the dog beach, and football matches. He seeks to join OCCTAC’s board to give back to his community and invest in the well-being of children, driven by personal experiences and a shared passion with his wife.

Photos from Holiday Party Event

OCCTAC Partners with NorthSTAR

Driving Entrepreneurship and Economic Mobility

OCCTAC proudly partners with the NorthSTAR OC Collaborative to empower underserved communities in Orange County through entrepreneurship. Founded in 2022, NorthSTAR offers essential resources and support to aspiring entrepreneurs, striving to dismantle barriers and promote economic upward mobility. As part of our collaboration, OCCTAC will host monthly gatherings and workshops, providing a platform for innovative ideas to flourish.

Photos from Holiday Party Event

Website Update - Blog

Resources to Support Your Journey Towards Thriving

We're excited to introduce a new section on our website dedicated to providing valuable resources to support your journey towards thriving. Our latest blog posts cover essential topics such as "File Your Taxes: Put Money Back in Your Pocket Today!" and "Unraveling the Essentials of ITIN." These articles are also available in Spanish translations for accessibility.


Ways to Help OCCTAC

Your contributions help us provide valuable programs to our students and families. You can donate cash, visual arts supplies, musical instruments, or office supplies. You can also support us through Amazon Smile. Visit for more details in how you can help.

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