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OCCTAC News - May 2022

Thank You City of Santa Ana!

OCCTAC Awarded $250,000 in Revive Santa Ana Grants From the City of Santa Ana

On May 3, 2022, the City of Santa Ana Council approved two agreements with Orange County Children Therapeutic Arts Center under the Revive Santa Ana Program, funded by the U.S. American Rescue Plan and State & Local Fiscal Recovery Plan. OCCTAC will provide 2 important programs to the Santa Ana community: 1) Arts and Violence prevention program for Santa Ana youth (ages 7-18), and 2) Early Childhood Program (ages 6 mos.-5 years) for Santa Ana children and parents. These community programs are scheduled to start July 1, 2022, and will be offered at the Jerome, Garfield, Roosevelt-Walker, and Salgado Recreation Centers in Santa Ana in partnership with the City of Santa Ana Parks, Recreation

and Community Services agency.


Thank You Union Bank!

A heartfelt THANK YOU from all of us at OCCTAC to MUFG Union Bank Foundation for their $20,000 charitable contribution. This contribution will be used to support our Youth Employment program at OCCTAC and our Therapeutic Arts program for students with disabilities. A special thank you to Rossina Gallegos, OCCTAC board member, for making this possible!


Thank You, Teresa Saldivar!

Teresa's Jewelers owner Teresa Saldivar celebrates Mother's Day with EISOA participants and staff

On May 14th, Teresa's Jewelers and friends kindly brought gifts to moms and grandmothers from our EISOA Older Adults program to celebrate Mothers' Day. Teresa Saldivar, owner of the jewelry store in DTSA, has supported the EISOA program at several events over the last few years. Our participants were happy to receive beautiful gifts and to know that there are

fantastic people like Teresa Saldivar and her friends who are always aware of them. One participant said, "Mrs. Teresa always keeps in touch with us, and I want to thank her because during those difficult days we are living in, she remembers me. "Teresa not only brought joy to our participants but very generously donated a piece of fine jewelry to the program to help

cover more older adults' needs. OCCTAC and the EISOA program thank Teresa's Jewelers for so generously and faithfully supporting our older adults. Together, we can make a difference in their lives!


OCCTAC Celebrates 22 Years!

May 25th Community Partners Celebration

On May 5, OCCTAC celebrated 22 years of service in the community and gave thanks to our community partners, funders, special individuals, volunteers, students, and families. It was a beautiful night of celebration and wonderful performances by OCCTAC students at our annual Community Partners celebration!

Pictured below L-R: OCCTAC Board Members Melody Winter Head, Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, Jon Tran, Kim Kaston, and Claude Goldenberg. 2nd photo: Community Partners celebrate with OCCTAC Board & Staff at The Estate on 2nd.

OCCTAC Student Performs At OCMAA Awards Ceremony

L-R: Phoebe Stanciell, OCCTAC Music Coordinator, & Roberto Reyes

OCCTAC student Roberto Reyes was invited to perform recently at the OCMAA Awards Ceremony at the Segerstrom Center. Roberto performed “Rondo Alla Turka” at the annual ceremony hosted by the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators, and was a huge success with the audience. "Congratulations to Roberto on his performance last night at the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators Awards at Segerstrom's Samueli Theater! We are so grateful to everyone who made it possible for him to perform last night. We are proud of our student artists and proud to work with OCCTAC in supporting each other's mission to provide opportunities for our students to shine.” -- Marleena Barber, Director, VSA Orange County. We are so proud of Roberto and all the artistic endeavors he participates in at OCCTAC. Click here to see Roberto’s latest project at OCCTAC, a tour of our center last month:


May 7th Latin Jazz Concert

DTSA Art Walk festival-goers and OCCTAC families got a real musical treat this month when Latin Grammy nominee Oskar Cartaya and band LatiNation lit up the streets! Special performances by Angelo Pagan, Manuel Gutierrez, and our own OCCTAC Students and Mariachi Ensemble group.


Save the Date!

OCCTAC Upcoming Events

Preparatory Arts Academy 2022

3rd Annual Aspiring Musician Challenge


Join us and our community partners for a virtual viewing of "Stand", a play to help break the stigma of mental illness. Thursday, May 26 from 4:00-5:30 PM PT via Zoom at the link (or scan the QR code with your phone camera to get the link shown here). Hope for Orange County will lead a mental health discussion at the conclusion of the play, and crisis counselors will be available to connect with you as well. This event is in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month & Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.


Register Today For Summer Classes!

Classes Start June 6th Through July 30

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


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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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