Students from OCCTAC’s Dance and Music departments performed again in this year’s “Dia Del Nino” Children’s Cultural Festival in Costa Mesa as part of the month-long celebration of the arts and Imagination weekend at the OC Fairgrounds April 13th and 14th. Our amazing OCCTAC dancers presented a Ballet demonstration and a “Pre-Columbian Mestizo and Contemporary Dance” under the direction of OCCTAC’s Director of Dance and Movement, Janelle Ayon. Dancers were followed by our wonderful, focused OCCTAC violinists performing a “Children’s Music Variety” under the direction of OCCTAC violin maestro Cynthia Faisst. Over 100 children participated in mask-making activities at our OCCTAC resource booth on Sunday as well!
For more information visit: www.ocdiadelnino.org
OCCTAC Students and the Santa Ana Mexican Consulate Work Together to Bring the Opening Reception of "El Puente/The Bridge"
On Wednesday, April 24, The Mexican Consulate OC (Consulado Mexicano) in Santa Ana, inaugurated an introspective Self-portraiture exhibition featuring works by our students at the SAUSD extended learning program Engage 360. The show is titled “el Puente” / “The Bridge” after the poem by Octavio Paz. This exhibition will run until June 7th at the Raul Anguiano gallery located inside the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. The Elementary and Intermediate school students were recognized with Diplomas of Achievement for their hard work and development in the arts. Our dance program was also able to do a beautiful performance of Ballet Folklorico directed by our talented dance coordinator Janelle Ayon. It is always great to see our kids achieve great goals, and build strong bonds with their community alongside their peers!
Thank you to the Mexican Consulate for this great event!
De Mujer a Mujercita
Once a year the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) sponsor a “De Mujer a Mujercita” mentoring event for OCCTAC Latina Teen girls between the ages of 13 to 18 years old, and their moms or a female guardian. This year we focused on Women’s Rights to Voice and Vote, as we approach the centennial of the 19th amendment, when women finally got the right to vote in 1920. Workshops focused on self-expression, future goals, and learning about civic engagement.