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OCCTAC News - February 2020

Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami named 1 of 10 OC LULAC Hispanic Women of the Year!

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) #147 awarded Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, OCCTAC Founder and Executive Director, and 9 other trailblazing women with the 2020 Orange County LULAC Hispanic Woman of the Year Award on February 22nd.  Through the years over 200 Orange County Hispanic women have been recognized for their accomplishments. This noteworthy acknowledgement is for women of Hispanic descent, residing or working in Orange County who are selected for their personal achievements, community service, and contributions. It is a special recognition for a person's dedication to improving the lives of many in our local communities, as well as highlighting the personal sacrifices, challenges, and overcoming obstacles of women, as they fulfill their dreams to succeed and contribute to our society. Santa Ana LULAC Council #147 was founded in 1946 and is the oldest LULAC chapter in the state of California; nationally LULAC was founded 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas. With approximately 132,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups. Congratulations to Dr. Ana and all the recipients of this year’s OC LULAC Hispanic Woman of the Year Award. Thank you for all you do to make a difference in our community!

Video link of Dr. Ana receiving her award:


OCCTAC Director of Arts Education Exhibits at International Art Fair in Mexico

Carlos Beltran Arechiga, OCCTAC’s Director of Arts Education, participated in the prestigious QiPO Fair in Mexico City this past month. QiPO Fair is an international contemporary art event organized by members of the QiPO curatorial collective in partnership with Reurbano during Art Fair Week in Mexico City. Because of his participation in this year’s art fair, Carlos was invited to a month-long Artists’ Residency this summer at the arts organization, Farm & Brewery, in Berlin, Germany. This is Carlos’ second year to exhibit at QiPO. QiPO Fair 02, happening February 6-9, 2020, featured proposals by alternative and artist-run spaces, and curatorial and artist collectives from Mexico and around the world.  This event took place in uninhabited, repurposed spaces at the "Gaona", an exquisite, Neocolonial building constructed during the Porfiriato period in Mexico City’s Historic Center situated within walking distance from notable galleries and major art events happening simultaneously. 

QiPO Fair is a multi-project exhibition conceived and designed to provide amplified exposure to the vibrant artist-run initiatives and independent projects from contemporary art cities around the world. Not so much a radical departure, this showcase provides an unconventional and refreshing context to the city’s more “official” events. Along with other exhibitors from Europe, USA and the Mexican republic, this second edition places special emphasis on projects from Los Angeles and Mexico City where the principal QiPO Directors respectively reside.  The QiPO collective is a project of Fulcrum Arts’ Emerge fiscal sponsorship program.

Press about the event can be accessed here:

Congratulations, Carlos!


New Classes at OCCTAC!

OCCCTAC’s new Mariachi Program provides a unique opportunity for students aged 10 + to learn the traditional music and culture of Mariachi. Instruments in this class include: guitar, Guitarron, vihuela, violin, trumpet and voice. This ensemble-based performance program teaches students good performing and stage habits, improving their instrumental and vocal skills, the coordination of playing an instrument while singing, harmonization, solo, and improvisation opportunities for more advanced students. Students will also learn leadership skills, cooperation, dedication and share their talent with the community while helping preserve and enjoy this traditional cultural music. Students in the ensemble are encouraged to take additional classes for proficiency and skill with their instruments as this class is purely designed for performance and requires reading music. The classes meet weekly on Friday afternoons from 4:30-6:30 with Maestro Alex Mascorro, a graduate of Poly Tech in Music Industry Studies and a professional Mariachi player with a local group. Mascorro grew up in Santa Ana and had training in Mariachi in his youth. He is passionate about teaching kids this amazing art. Currently the group is still looking for more guitar players, vihuela players, Guitarron players and trumpet players. Monthly cost of class is $65 for a two- hour weekly session or about $16.25 per class.

Auditions are still open to those who want to join. We are looking for student instrumentalists with 1 ½ - 2 years of playing experience. Please only serious inquiries. Call (714)-547-5468, inquire with Front Desk or Phoebe.


Flamenco Classes!

Flamenco Classes added this spring! Our amazing instructor, Claudia de la Cruz, brings her experience and expertise to OCCTAC with Flamenco classes offered Tuesday-Sunday, ages 3 and up. Claudia has been teaching Flamenco classes at her Flamenco Institute since 1999, and she is a gem in the City of Santa Ana. She alternates her performing and teaching with profound spirit and enigmatic personality. Experience the most charismatic and warm heart at your first contact with her!

Visit our website or call our Front Desk today for more details: Front Desk: (714)547-5468.

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