Filmed in 2005 But So Relevant in 2017: I AM ORANGE COUNTY

“I Am Orange County” originated as a 2005 technology grant students program to further social justice.
Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center and Orange County Human Relations worked with at-risk youth in four Santa Ana schools.
The students created a 30-minute documentary, photo essays and a website about their experience.

Barraged with TV images of Orange County representing the rich and the wealthy (Laguna Beach on MTV, The OC on Fox, Arrested Development on Fox, OC Housewives on Bravo), the silent majority explored its identity.
The students in Santa Ana have awoken.
Their documentary expresses strongly and very positively what their lives are about.
They address prejudice and immigration, life in the OC as part of the hardworking and neglected majority.
They documented the immigration marches in Los Angeles and Santa Ana.

Their personal stories are positive. These students, all classified "at-risk" at the start of the project have moved on to academic suc…

2017 Holiday Concert

Our students gathered at OSCA's Symphony Hall for our Annual Holiday Concert on December 18th, 2016 as we shared the joy of music & dance!

A HUGE Thank YOU to Noah Ruderman who spent countless hours directing, filming and editing pro-bono for this project.

Stay Tuned: 2017 Summer Camp Fun!

Looking for art-based, educational Summer Camp in a positive, nurturing environment for your children this coming summer?
Follow us on FACEBOOK to stay informed about our upcoming 2017 Summer Camp Schedule.
Registration will start later this Spring.
Here a look back at all the fun from Summer 2016.

Catch It Before It's Gone: Santa Ana Student Art Exhibit at The Barrel Room

Hurry - the show ends at the end of February!
Catch "Engage 360°", the intermediate student art created by OCCTAC's exemplary after-school art programs in the Santa Ana Unified School District. See the Portraiture Class Exhibit at the Barrel Room in Downtown Santa Ana. We are very grateful to The Barrel Room's Joe Castro for exhibiting the student and supporting OC Children's Therapeutic ARTS.
To learn more about our after school arts program, please contact program coordinator Carlos Beltran Arechiga at our Center.

First Annual Summer String, Dance and Drum Camp 2016!


OCCTAC Welcomes the Latino Arts Strings Program for an Electric Summer Concert!

On Saturday July 16, 2016, the Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center hosted the award-winning Latino Arts Strings Program for a marvelous concert during their nationwide tour! Many people filled up MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana eager to watch these talented, young musicians traveling from Milwaukee, Wisconsin under the direction of Founder Dinorah Marquez. This special musical event began with the Latino Arts Strings Program playing and singing a variety of classic Mariachi songs. Then, the OCCTAC students took the stage to perform a rendition of the famous classic "La Bamba" alongside the Latino Arts Strings Program. As the sounds of guitars, violins, violas, cellos, and bass violins echoed throughout the mall, the crowd was left speechless and in awe. The students from both of these programs did an incredible job showcasing their skills, and giving the crowd a taste of how wonderful Latino culture and music is. Thank you to everyone who came out to support ou…