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Orange County Children's Therapeutic Arts Center, 2215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92706. Phone: (714) 547 5468
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 success. They feel pride in who they are and they are empowered.
This project, filmed in 2005, has gained new relevance as Santa Ana residents continue to struggle with immigration politics and gang violence in 2017.
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We are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
We are very proud to share the great news that our Founder and President, Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami, has been honored as an Everyday Hero by Everyday Heroes and Orange County Register.
Please see here the story from Orange County Register:
Everyday Heroes sponsor Fladeboe Automotive Group presented the Fladeboe Hero of the Year award, with President and CEO Denice Fladeboe giving the award to Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami. As founder and executive director of Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, Jimenez-Hami serves at-risk and special-needs children by providing music and arts programs. Dr. Ana Jimenez-Hami (center) holds up her Fladeboe Hero of the Year honor presented by Fladeboe Automotive Group CEO Denice Fladeboe (at left) at the Jan. 28 Everyday Heroes Awards gala alongside Register reporter Samantha Dunn (at right).
Jimenez-Hami, who came from a humble background, is powered by the strong belief of her parents in the importance of a good education and giving back to the community. Th…
We have two fun, creative, art-based events for our friends, supporters and donors.
September 23rd, 1-3PM, the barrel room, 324 W 4th St, Santa Ana:
Unleash your inner artist with the help of an instructor at Paint & Wine. Ages 21 and up. Tickets available on EventBrite. This event can only accommodate 40 guests. Hurry! ONLY A FEW SPACES LEFT!
September 30th, 8-10PM, a secret location in Tustin:
Sofar Sounds Orange County Presents: A Fundraiser Session for OCCTAC. Secret Location! Your secret code is: OCCTAC-20F0E.
Get your tickets online HERE. HURRY, SPACE IS LIMITED!
Once a year we gather in our Center to celebrate our friendship with partners, supporters and friends who help us achieve our mission!
Our 2015 Community Partners Celebration Awardees are:
Fino Ortiz, Maria Reyna. Marina Aguilera, Marion Renk-Rosenthal, Nilo Lipiz.
Aliento & Pepperdine University, City of Santa Ana/Community Development, City of Santa Ana/Parks and Recreation, Chamber Music OC, Chick-Fil-A, Chapman University & Libreria Martinez, County of Orange/Social Services, Disneyland Resort, Festival of Children Foundation, Fundacion de Sobrevivientes de Trafico Humano, Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies, Mexican Consulate, NACOPRW, OC Patient Care, Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Partners in Position, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Ana Zoo, State Farm, St. Andres Presbyterian Church, Union Bank, VSA of OC, Wells Fargo, Youth on the Move Education International, Zonta Club of N…