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OCCTAC News - January 2022

Happy New Year 2022 From OCCTAC!

Wishing all our students, families, OCCTAC friends, and community partners a happy and successful 2022!

Despite the challenges we have all experienced with COVID-19 pandemic during this past year, we are determined to start the new year with positivity, faith, and well wishes to all! May this New Year bring us all renewed energy, health, happiness, love, and prosperity! A special thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors, Staff, Teachers, and Volunteers for their hard work, dedication, and beautiful hearts. Wishing you all the best in 2022!

Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, Founder and Executive Director


OCCTAC Receives District One Arts-Related COVID19 Grant For $50,000

Thanks To Supervisor Do!

Pictured L-R: Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami and OC Supervisor Andrew Do

In December ­­­­­2021, OCCTAC was a recipient of a First District Arts-Related Non-Profit COVID19 Grant for $50,000. This grant was established to provide economic support to county-based arts-related nonprofits that were negatively impacted by COVID19. We are very grateful to Supervisor Andrew Do for supporting our mission and for recognizing the valuable and necessary contributions that the Arts make to our community. Thank you Supervisor Do!


Thank You Blick Arts of Fullerton!

Photos courtesy of Mark Dimalanta

OCCTAC was very honored to have been selected for the fourth year in a row as Blick Arts of Fullerton’s charitable partner for their annual “Give & Get” holiday campaign. The campaign is a project in collaboration with their national nonprofit partner, The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. Customers donated art supplies to OCCTAC when shopping over the holidays in return for a future 20% off coupon. As you can see from the photos, the donations were amazing! Thank you so much for the selfless giving and generosity of our valuable Blick partner and their art community. Your generosity affords us the ability to continue to serve our community and provide the uplifting and rewarding art instruction that helps our students balance their social/emotional well-being. Mil gracias, Blick Arts & The Dreaming Zebra Foundation!


OCCTAC Celebrates Dia de los Reyes at

Segerstrom Center

By Mark Dimalanta

Photos courtesy of Mark Dimalanta

Once again Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center partnered with the Segerstrom Center to culminate the Holiday Season with their annual Dia de los Reyes Celebration at the Segerstrom Center on January 8, 2022. Segerstrom’s Community Engagement Manager, Emily Neely, and Director for Community Engagement Marytza Rubio successfully arranged for families of the local OC area to safely engage and enjoy art, food, and dance, with cultural music provided by El Santo Golpe. The turnout was quite impressive, as we safely practiced social distancing. The children were treated with free art workshops provided by OCCTAC’s Gianmarco Otiniano and Alexis Lopez and families got a chance to win raffled Rosca, a season-ending treat!


Preparatory Arts Academy 2022


Classes for our amazing Preparatory Arts Academy are open for registration now! Studio Arts, Dance, Music, Media Arts and more! Call us or visit our website for more information on how your students can be part of the OCCTAC dream!

OCCTAC: 714.547.5468


We Are Hiring!

Immediate Opening for Home Visitation Supervisor

If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please send resume to No phone calls please. Detailed job description can be found on our website at


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You Can Help OCCTAC Today! Become a Donor

Did you know that when you donate, you are improving your own health as well? A study by the University of Oregon found that donating activates the pleasure center in your brain. Voluntary donations are especially pleasurable and improve your happiness, joy, and contentment! OCCTAC is forever grateful to our Supporters and Community Partners! Their donations and support continue to help our Arts Center grow and bring opportunities to our families and community, and you can be part of this as well!

Please help OCCTAC by sharing our Social Media links, liking our page, sharing our events and donating to our center! Find out how by clicking on the link below:

Donate with Amazon Smile!

You can help OCCTAC today by donating money, choosing to donate on a recurring basis, or by designating “Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center” as your charity when purchasing through Amazon via their Amazon Smile program at Here are the simple steps to designate OCCTAC as your charitable organization to receive a portion of the purchase price:

  1. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select “Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts” to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

  2. If you already use Amazon Smile for another charity, you can change your charity to "Orange County Therapeutic Arts" on your Amazon Smile home page. ​

We appreciate you and your continued support of OCCTAC’s mission to provide innovative, artistic, educational and therapeutic programs that inspire and transform children, at-risk youth, adults and their families to fulfill their highest potential.

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