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Newsletter - June 2023

Updated: Dec 20, 2023

Inspiring Change through the Power of the Arts

Discover the transformative power of arts education and therapeutic arts in our new OCCTAC overview video. Join us as we showcase the incredible work we do in our community.

Spotlight on Jeffrey Vargas and Alex Mateo

We are thrilled to announce that two of our talented students, Jeffrey Vargas and Alex Mateo, have been featured in the Regional Center of Orange County Quarterly Publication. Their amazing achievements highlight the impact of OCCTAC's programs on their lives. Read the full article in the publication to learn more about their inspiring stories.

Community Partners Celebration

Our Community Partners Celebration event was a resounding success! Thanks to your support, the evening was filled with meaningful connections among community partners, and amazing performances by our very talented OCCTAC students. Your support and contributions, have empowered us to provide accessible, inclusive, high-quality arts, education and therapy programs for 23 years. Thank you for your community partnership!

47th Annual Orange County Arts and Disability Festival

We're proud to share that our OCCTAC students participated in the 47th annual Orange County Arts and Disability Festival, showcasing their incredible talents. Through music, art, and dance, they broke down barriers and connected with others in powerful ways. Congratulations to all the participants and a big thank you to the organizers and sponsors of this exceptional event!

Celebrating Our Graduating Stars

Join us in congratulating Guadalupe (Lupita) Marcial and Axel Garcia, two exceptional graduating students from OCCTAC!

Congratulations to Guadalupe (Lupita) Marcial, a talented graduate from Santa Ana High School! Lupita's musical prowess has been showcased as a first violinist and concertmaster in the Chamber Orchestra and Mariachi Ensemble at her school. She has also been an esteemed member of the Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California's Symphony Orchestra since 2016. With an impressive 3.9 GPA, Lupita's commitment to excellence extends beyond music. Since joining OCCTAC at the age of 6, Lupita has thrived in our CM program, earning State honors awards for multiple years. Notably, she was honored as one of the recipients of the Justin Salgado scholarship fund, a testament to her dedication and talent. As Lupita embarks on her new chapter at Cal State Fullerton, we send her our best wishes.

Meet Axel, a talented graduate from Legacy College Preparatory School in Santa Ana. Axel made significant contributions to our community as he showcased his writing skills by becoming our first student writer for the newsletter. Additionally, he demonstrated his passion for music composition by participating in state-wide evaluations for Composers Today. Despite pursuing an English degree at the University of Southern California, Axel plans to continue his musical journey and minor in music. He has been taking piano lessons at OCCTAC since the age of 8 and has graced our recitals, including the memorable Bloom 23. Axel's dedication and hard work have opened doors for him, leading to his acceptance into USC. We congratulate Axel on his high school graduation and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Youth Employment Program (YEP)

Captured in this photo are Vincent Zarrella (2nd from the left) and Vivian Ojeda (4th from the left), along with YEP coordinators, teachers, and participants from Community Partners Celebration event.

Congratulations to Vivian Ojeda who has turned her passion for healthcare into a successful career. Through her dedication and the opportunities provided by YEP, Vivian secured an internship and later landed a position as a Medical Administrator Assistant. We applaud her achievements and wish her continued success in her professional endeavors.

Vincent, a YEP participant since December 2022, has excelled in Video Production and Google Class. He contributed significantly to the video production team for the Bloom Recital and Community Partner's Event at OCCTAC. Vincent's entrepreneurial spirit shines as he promotes his catering business while gaining valuable work experience in Video Production.

Join us for the Magic of Folklorico Dance!

We're excited to offer classes for all ages every Wednesday. Choose from the following time slots: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

No prior experience required. Our passionate instructors will guide you through the vibrant steps and techniques of traditional Mexican dance. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage. Call our front desk at 714.547.5468 to secure your spot and register today!

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