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OCCTAC News - March 2021

A Tribute to Consul Mario Cuevas

April 4, 1954-March 3, 2021

The community lost a champion of the people and the arts this month with the passing of Mexican Consul Mario Cuevas Zamora. We honor Consul Mario Cuevas in this edition and remember him as a dear friend of the arts and supporter of our mission at OCCTAC. Consul Mario Cuevas was a wonderful OCCTAC friend and community partner. May he rest in eternal peace with all the angels in heaven! Click the link below to see a video that we made a few years ago of him:

Consul Cuevas was born on in 1954 in Mexico City and he worked in public service for more than 40 years. He worked at posts around the world before coming to Santa Ana, including the UN in Geneva, and Consulates in Montreal, San Diego and New York. “Consul Mario Cuevas’ mission to serve our community through arts and culture programs is a model example of leadership and advocacy to foster education and to support sectors of our community who are underrepresented. As the director of arts education at OCCTAC, I am ever grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with him. These collaborations yielded everlasting smiles from our community and specifically from our children.” – Carlos Beltran Arechiga, Director of Arts Education.

(Consul Mario Cuevas pictured presenting award to SAUSD student Sofia Sevilla at OCCTAC’s End of Year Art Festival, Heritage Museum, June 16, 2017.)


Student Success With

Early Learning Program

“Despite the pandemic and all the constraints it brings to keep everyone safe, there's no stopping the eagerness and enthusiasm of my four-year old daughter, Lileana. I'm so thankful we have the Alphabet Soup program at OCCTAC as part of our weekly routine. My daughter is able to engage with her peers safely through online classes, but more importantly she is able to continue building on the fundamentals of school readiness through the devoted guidance of Ms. Claudia. I watch in awe as my daughter gets crafty and inventive all while learning her alphabet and numbers in this “new normal” we are all having to go through. Thank you OCCTAC for working harder than ever to keep providing for our children!”

-Ging Dimalanta


April Events & Workshops at OCCTAC



2nd Annual Aspiring Musician Challenge

Winners Announced May 29, 2021


Preparatory Arts Academy 2021

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







OCCTAC’s Youth Employment Program is accepting applications! Santa Ana youth between the ages of 16-24 years old interested in gaining paid work experience, job training, and educational assistance are welcome to apply. For more information about the program and requirements please call the OCCTAC at (714)547-5468 and ask to speak with a Youth Employment Program staff member. Meetings are currently taking place by appointment only.


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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