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"We need to continually create opportunities for our students to do and to make right in the classroom, to tap into the emotional power of learning."

Robert Levit - Arts Integration Specialist

In partnership with the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), Extended Learning Programs, OCCTAC provides After School Arts enrichment programs to all elementary and middle school students in the school district.  More than 5,000 students are served throughout the school year.  Students enrolled in the afterschool program receive Visual Arts and Theatre instruction during SAUSD’s “Engage 360” Extended Learning Program.

The after-school program provides an opportunity to merge school reform strategies with community resources. The goal is to support local efforts to improve assistance to students and broaden the base of support for education in a safe, constructive environment. The program creates incentive for establishing locally driven after-school education and enrichment programs. supportive of LCAP goal 1.10: Support Extended Learning Opportunities for Low-Income Pupils.


On July 28, 2015 the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a new contract with the OC Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center to provide afterschool enrichment services for the 2015-18 school years. This new and exciting grant will provide Visual Arts instruction for Elementary students and Middle School students during After School hours at the Santa Ana Unified School District.

The California Department of Education (CDE) After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program and the 21st Century Learning Centers Grant fund the establishment of local before and after school education and enrichment programs. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment, and safe constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

Our Curriculum

OCCTAC is dedicated to teach our students about fundamental elements of art; line, color, shape, form, rhythm, balance, texture and pattern, and expose them to different mediums and techniques.

Ultimately, our young artists learn about the value of respect, commitment and collaboration while producing their works of art.

We culminate our session with an art exhibit where we include their families and faculty to celebrate their accomplishments and reinforce their self-esteem and empowerment.

"Action is the foundation key to all success"

Pablo Picasso

For more information about the program please contact:

Mark Dimalanta
SAUSD & Arts Enrichment Program Director
T: 714-547-5468 x 302

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