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OCCTAC Receives National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant

Dear Amigos!


The Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center Receives National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant to support the Harp Traditions of Latin America Festival, featuring harpists from Mexico, Paraguay, and Colombia. The project will include music instruction from international harpists, lecture-demonstrations about the historical and cultural significance of Latin American harp performance, and a culminating concert featuring harpists Alberto De La Rosa, Cesar Daniel Lopez, and Dario Robayo Sanabria.t

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that OCCTAC is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. OCCTAC  is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the Harp Traditions of Latin America Festival.

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to under…

Celebrating our 13th Anniversary! And Happy to See Dr. Ana's Work Recognized by Media.

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Dear Amigos!

This month we are celebrating 13 years! As you may imagine, it's never easy and we are so grateful for everyone's support and help. We can't do it without you.
One person in particular is giving 1000%: Founder and president, Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami.
Dr. Ana's commitment to our community has been recognized and honored repeatedly over the last few months and we are proud to share:


Dr. Ana named as Everyday Hero by OC Register:



PBS Orange County interviewed Dr. Ana in August on the Real Orange:
http://video.pbssocal.org/video/2365060226/

and last but not least: NBC Latino featured Dr. Ana and OCCTAC:
http://nbclatino.com/2013/06/24/latina-leaders-one-woman-helps-thousands-of-youth-with-creative-arts-center/

We have more exciting developments in the works so please stay tuned!



Help Us Find a New Name! The Renaming OCCTAC Contest.

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Dear Amigos!


Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center – we know, what were we thinking! It is so long, hard to say and difficult to remember. So we are looking for a better name!

And we are asking for your help! Be creative in helping rename our Center!

There are three ways to send us your entry!

1) Go to our Blog Home Page and click the "Rename OCCTAC Contest FORM" tab. It will open the Facebook contest form. You need to have a Facebook.



2) Go straight to our Facebook Page and click the Rename OCCTAC Tab:
3) Come to our Center and request this FORM at the reception.

DEADLINE: JUNE 29TH, 2013.
The legal stuff: You agree that, by entering the Contest, you irrevocably assign and transfer to the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) all right, title and interest in the Name, including, without limitation, all trademark rights, and you agree to execute any additional documents OCCTAC may deem necessary to evidence or effectuate such assignment. OCCTA…

2013 Community Partner Celebration - and Farewell Dr. Matthew McCarter

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Dear Amigos!

It was a fiesta on May 23rd at the Center! We are grateful to our partners in the community. Without them we would not be able to provide all the services we do to or students and families.

We give thanks to our
Foundation Partners:
Festival of Children Foundation
Zona of Newport Harbor Foundation

Special Individuals:
Lydia Vizcarrondo
Jorge Sole
Rosio Vigueras
Dr. Matthew McCarter who is leaving our Board of Directors and Orange County to move to Texas.

Community Partners:
NACOPRW
SIATech
Santa Ana Work Center
Santa Ana College
County of Orange SSA, Children and Family Services
Orangewood Child and Family Center.

We had performances by Tammy Pham and Stephanie Diaz, our flamenco dancers, harp students, Suziki Violin students and Rondalla Guita Ensemble, joined by board member Nilo Lipiz on keyboard when our reception turned into a very upbeat fiesta!

Thank you all for your support!














We Are the Grateful Recipients of Five Grants for Our Programs!

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Dear Amigos!
We have been blessed with support from our community and we are grateful to be able to announce several new gifts of support!
We received funding from: 1.The Ahmanson Foundation for our Early Start program
2. the Orange County Community Foundation to purchase violins for our Suzuki Violin program

3. Festival of Children Foundation for our new Pre-Kinder Arts Program
4. Zonta Foundation to provide Scholarships to Teen Moms for their babies so they can enroll in college and our Job Training program at OCCTAC.
and  5. Pacific Life Foundation for scholarships for Special Needs students!
Thank you - Gracias! 
The Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) is a 501(c)3 community-based ARTS organization dedicated to education and empowerment of at-risk youth and children with special needs of limited resources. Founded in 2000, and adjacent to the Bowers Museum, is a place where emotion is in motion. Children express joy through instruments often cut from public…

Thank you - Gracias! to the Festival of Children Foundation!

Dear Amigos!

Good things are happening at our center!
We are very grateful to be awarded a Possible Dream Grant by the Festival of Children Foundation!

http://festivalofchildrenfoundation.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-possible-dream-will-help-10-oc.html

Gracias!