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OCCTAC Honored to be Awarded Funding by UCI Students

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UCI Students Award 70,000 in Funding to Eight Local Nonprofits Through New Experiential Philanthropy Course
What is an experiential philanthropy course? It is a course that allows students to learn about the giving process and its effects on institutions and society, while also practically allocating real money to nonprofit organizations.

Under the guidance of Gillian Hayes, Kleist Professor in Informatics and the Faculty Director for the cross-disciplinary minor in civic and community engagement, students study local, national and global communities, addressing needs through philanthropic gifts to organizations that need support. During the 10-week course, students worked through a research-based, decision-making and selection process.

“UCI seeks to foster leadership and citizenship in our students,” says Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Michael Dennin. “Students who have completed an experiential philanthropy course report they are likely …

Join Us May 7th for the MECCA Multiethnic Arts Festival

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We are proud to participate in the
MECCA Multiethnic Arts Festival at the Bowers Museum
Date: May 7, 11Am to 3PM
Location: Bowers Museum | 2002 North Main Street | Santa Ana, CA 92706
Register on EventBrite.

The Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA) festival celebrates the diverse talent from all multi-ethnic communities in Orange County, and is a culminating event of visual and expressive art activities aimed at reducing mental health stigma. Join us for LIVE international music, food, dance performances, and visual artwork by consumers and artists. Break the stigma through the arts!

Participating Agencies:

Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies (MECCA)
Orange County Health Care Agency
ABRAZAR, Inc.
ACCESS California Services
Korean Community Services (KCS)
Orange County Chinese Community Services (OCCCS )
OMID Multicultural Institute for Development
Vietnamese Community of Orange County (VNCOC)
Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTA…

Author JOSEFINA LOPEZ Visited Our Center

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We had a full house on April 22nd for the presentation and discussion with JOSEFINA LOPEZ. We are very thankful for the wonderful support of our community for this event.






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

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“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

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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.
www.firstlookfilms.net

Stay Tuned: 2017 Summer Camp Fun!

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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

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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.