It's an exciting night in Downtown Santa Ana for theatre lovers: The Wayward Artist kicks off its inaugural 2018 season tonight with a sold out gala and production of their show, Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Craig Tyrl and assistant directed by Sarah Ripper.
Check out the 2018 season of The Wayward Artist's unique productions which vary from marrying Star Wars to Shakespeare in Twelfth Night -- a galactic farce to side journeys into ballet and modern dance with Faith -- a dance concert, and even explorations of religion and tolerance in Terrence McNally's passion play Corpus Christi -- all shows with a unifying theme of 'faith.'
The Wayward Artist is an energetic new voice in the Artists Village, making its home in the CSUF Grand Central Arts Building at 125 N Broadway. Be sure to check out the season and make an evening at the theatre in downtown.
Visit The Wayward Artist this season.
Photo from The Wayward Arist.
Story by Ryan Smolar.
The City of Santa Ana's Arts and Culture Commission in collaboration with the Fine and Performing Arts Division of Santa Ana College is proud to present “Free Grant Writing Workshops for Artists” on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Santa Ana College.
Join us for a one-day workshop to improve your skills and learn what it takes to write a successful grant proposal from start to finish! You can attend one or both sessions. Workshops are free and open to the public.
Workshops will be presented by Tomas Benitez, Development Director for Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles.
Who should attend?
• Individual artists
• Arts & Cultural organizations
• Nonprofit and business professionals
• Advancement and development officers
• K-12 Educators
RSVP here by April 13, 2018:
Free to attend one or both sessions:
10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Beginning Grant Writing
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Advanced Grant Writing
Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Building C, Room C-104
Lot # 6 (Enter lot on N. Bristol St, between W. 17th St. & Washington Ave.) Parking Permit $2.00 (Purchase at the yellow vending machine with cash, credit, or debit card.)
Boca de Oro - Free Literature Readings & Workshops
Coinciding with the DTSA 1st Saturday Artwalk, the Boca de Oro Arts & Literature Fest is an enticing mixture of 30+ keynote presentations, literary reading, poetry slams, panel discussions, writing workshops, book signings, and live performances happening across Downtown Santa Ana.
On Saturday March 3rd, Downtown Santa Ana will be transformed into the Literary Capital of Orange County. Over a dozen art galleries, restaurants, historic buildings and secret spaces will double as houses of letters for literary fans to connect with local and regional writers.
12pm - Opening Session
Opening the festival leading a line-up of over 35 events is the Poet Laureate and presenter, Luis J. Rodriguez, an author who has won national recognition as a poet, journalist, fiction writer, children's book writer, and critic.
Location: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Curated by: Michelle Duman & Marcus Omari
2pm-4pm - Phase 1
Express Yourself (Youth Workshop)
Express Yourself is a multi-workshop event put on by Triple Threat Mentoring’s STUDIO3. At the event, youth will be provided a platform to explore their individual creativity through a variety of mediums, including sketching, DJ-ing, beatmaking, grafitti art and spoken word. (Note: STARTS AT 3PM)
Location: 4th Street Market
Produced by: Studio 3// Triple Threat with Ben Thomas
Image the Body: A Workshop in Radical Envisioning
Authors Natalie Graham and Cynthia Alessandra Briano will share a workshop in radical envisioning.
Location: Good Beer Co.
Curated by: Natalie Graham and Cynthia Alessandra Briano
Review the works of author Dr. Nogales including her newest release is Latina Power: Using Your 7 Strengths to Say No to Abusive Relationships (a Latina Power Workbook) which provides practical information and resources for women facing domestic violence and was awarded First Place at the 2011 Latino Literacy Now International Book Awards. (Note: This event occurs from 2-5pm.)
Dr. Nogales' professional career is anchored by her commitment to combat violence, especially violence against women and children. She uses many avenues of communication including the media and is an award winning author, playwright, songwriter, and currently working on a script for a movie about human trafficking.
Location: Orange County Center of Contemporary Art
Curated by: Dr. Ana Nogales
La Vida Tiene Valores
In 2009, Councilman Juan Villegas published La Vida Tiene Valores /Life Has Values, which won first place at the International Latino Book Awards Literacy Now for Best Parenting/Family Book in 2014. From that came a prestigious recognition for Juan, as he was recognized as the Award Winning Author of 2014. (Note: STARTS AT 3PM)
Location: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Curated by: Councilman Juan Villegas
AvantGarden will host two Award-winning, best-selling children's authors A.J. Cosmo, Andrea Ruygt, Meadow Griffith along with Romina Ramirez and returning children's author Mitch Robinson.
Curated by: Laura Robinson
In “Convince me! An interactive discussion and workshop on writing (creatively) to persuade,” K-B and Sara, authors and founders of Writers Resist, an online literary journal, will engage the participants in a discussion, prompts, and writing scenarios.
Location: Alta Baja Market
Curated by: KB Gressitt & Sara Marchant
Breath of Fire Audition for Musical Theater
Auditioning individuals explore scene structure, action, events, voice, and dialogue. We will actively discuss work. This class’s emphasis is on process, risk-taking, and finding one’s own voice and vision.
Location: Grand Central Arts Building
Curated by: Diana Burbano & Sara Guerrero
The Art of Persuasion - SAUSD Public Speaking Performances
Students from the Santa Ana Unified School District’s (SAUSD) national award-winning Speech and Debate team will showcase their skills.
Location: Frida Cinema
Curated by: Councilman Sal Tinajero, Santa Ana Unified School District
La Gloria de Nuestro Pueblo/ The Glory of our Towns
Coming from all over Orange County. Octogenarians come together to discuss the history of the barrios in “The Glory of Our Towns” where they will revisit the places they grew up and call home. On Saturday, current and former residents of one of Santa Ana's oldest Latino barrios gathered for a reunion in a neighborhood where, for many, life began.
Location: Santora Arts Building, Room 205
Curated by: Dylan Almendral with Paul Guzman & Sam Roman
Community Expression Through Art, Literature and Education
During the 2-4 and 4 -6 blocks a series of performances and panels will take place, linking the way that the arts serve to aesthetically express community talent, as well as share concerns, and efforts all with the ultimate aim of engaging and educating our communities. In the first session, one panel will follow poetry, narratives and art to engage the participants and audience. In the second session, community artists will perform, and then debrief their stance in how their art is an expression and affirmation of culture, politics and solidarity.
Location: Chapman’s Centro Comunitario de Educación
Curated by: Anaida Colon-Muniz
4pm-6pm - Phase 2
Breaking Tables: Arts & Literary Experience
Breaking Tables is a literary arts event whose title represents dismantling tables of privilege and power and reconstructing tables of inclusion, innovation, and equality, in our personal lives, communities, and society at large. We have an amazing lineup of readers and artists who, through their own interpretation, will breathe life into the theme and make it their own.
Location: Chapter One - Red Room
Curated by: Darlene Kriesal
Santa Ana Forgiveness Project
The Santa Ana Forgiveness Project seeks to illuminate the healing power of art through the use of collage and storytelling. Participants represent a small cross section of Santa Ana’s population, including students from middle schools and high schools within Santa Unified School District, social workers, interns, community intervention workers, probation officers, local nonprofit staff and leaders, teachers and administrators, and residents of Santa Ana. The project seeks to heal a community one individual at a time … together … not in isolation. Forgiveness on an individual level with a ripple effect throughout the community.
Location: AvantGarden Gallery
Curated by: Teri Arana
Location: La Rinconada
Curated by: Michelle Duman
PILLOW TALK: Works from Female & Queer Voices
Alternative art & performance comes into focus with PILLOW TALK, celebrating female, queer and POC voices in art, food and culture. Let performances by Aman K Batra (Huffington Post, Bustle), Portia Bartley (All Def Poetry), Linda Ravenswood (Melrose Poetry Bureau) and Lauren White soothe your soul!
Location: The Good Beer Company
Curated by: Sarah Armstrong
El Otro Lado de Pared/The Other Side of the Wall
Presentación de lectura de poesía contemporánea en español. Lectura de poemas de mis libros, El Otro Lado De La Pared y Arboles De Vida.Temas relacionados con experiencias personales de la vida, Historias cortas con moral profunda y la belleza d la creación.
Spanish Poetry reading performance. Reading poems from my books, The Other Side Of The Wall and Trees Of Life,Topic related with personal life experiences, short stories and the beauty of creation
Location: Alta Baja Market
Curated by: Jose Lozano
6pm-8pm - Phase 3
Tongue and Groove
Tongue and Groove is a monthly literary variety show, produced and hosted by Conrad Romo. It has featured nearly 400 writers over the past 10 years and has been praised by Sunset Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers as well as Ploughshares and Time Out as one of L.A.’s Best Reading Series. In this Second Annual Boca de Oro: Art and Lit Fringe Festival Conrad Romo will be hosting Daniel McGinn, Debra Diaz, Sheila J. Sadr, Cynthia Romanowski and Steve Ramirez at Chapter One's Red Room in Downtown Santa Ana. Don't Miss it!
Location: Chapter One - Red Room
Curated by: Conrad Romo
The Prose Poem As Poetic Revolt: Generative Workshop and Discussion
From its rebellious roots to now, the prose poem has been loved by writers such as Walt Whitman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Simic, and Anne Carson; and it is constantly re-imagining itself. Russell Edson said, “A good prose poem is a statement that seeks sanity whilst its author teeters on the edge of the abyss.” Participants in this generative workshop should arrive willing to seek new and gorgeous paths to bringing their unruly craft into light.
After reading and discussing samples of prose poems, participants in this generative workshop will attempt to write their own non-lineated verses. All will be encouraged to write poems that are unpredictable and gorgeous, pieces that are not obliged to obey traditional poetic structures, but instead stage their revolts with brave delight.
Location: Chapter One - Red Room
Curated by: Danielle Mitchel
Black Out Poetry (Workshop)
Black Out Poems: Want to learn something new? Take one our creative workshops taught by SAUSD Librarian Tami Davis. 1. Take any print resource: newspaper, book, magazine, etc. Use original or make a copy. 2. Choose the words that will make up your poem; circle them or put a box around them. 3. Black out, color in, draw, or paint over everything except your selected words.
Location: M. Lovewell
Curated by: Tami Davis
Women’s Voices: Celebrating Women Authors in Literature. 2018 is the year of women, join us as we celebrate women’s voices from various literary genres in a two-hour segment of readings from authors Diana Giovinazzo Tierney, Jennifer Laam, Holly Kammier, Heather Reinhardt, J.J. Gesher (Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal), Christina Cigala, Rolonda Watts and Christina Julian.
Location: Alta Baja Market
Curated by: Diana Tierney
Sister Spit was a lesbian-feminist spoken-word and performance art collective based out of San Francisco, signed to Mr. Lady Records. They formed in 1994 and disbanded in 2006. Founding members included Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson, Other members included Jane LeCroy and poet Eileen Myles. The group were noted for their Ramblin' Roadshow, performing at feminist events such as the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. The Boston Phoenix described it as "the coolest (and cutest) line-up of talented, tattooed, pierced, and purple-pigtailed performance artists the Bay Area has to offer". (STARTS AT 7PM, THIS SHOW HAS A COST FOR ENTRY).
Location: Makara Center for the Arts
Curated by: Marytza Rubio
Creating with Text and Music
Join in for a unique discussion and workshop as three composers share thoughts and insights from their own practices on creating with text and music. This interactive event will also include live, in-the-moment composing of vocal music, as the composers set crowd-sourced poetry from the audience to music (and possible surprise guest vocalists in a unique pop-up performance).
Location: AvantGarden Gallery
Curated by: Steve Homestead
OC RYSE will share performance poetry featuring teams of students from OSCA. The goal of OC RYSE is to increase the exposure of poetry to a general public audience by featuring the engaging, dynamic performances of talented local young poets.
In this performance, students will choose a classic poem to dramatically recite. Second, students craft and perform an original response poem that echoes elements of the classic choice. This synthesis of academics and artistry promises audiences a stimulating exploration of poetry’s broad power.
Location: Frida Cinema
Moderated by: Josh Wood
Boca de Oro: Master Class
At Boca de Oro in a team of graduating performances throughout the day this MFA Master Class with Alina Nguyen and Victoria McCoy share their skills as touring performers of the poetic arts to provide both artistic stimulation for performing students as well as visitors excited by the literary arts who are aspiring to have a career in the field. Masterclasses are understood as one of the most effective means of artistic development, along with competitions, examinations, and practice.
Location: Frida Cinema
Curated by: Marcus Omari
8pm-10pm - Phase 4
Poetic Reform Party
Poetic Reform Party believes in the indispensable value of the poetic arts in the NEW American culture. The organizations mission is to promote the emergence of fresh poetic voices engaged in literary arts, to encourage the professional development of artists through community based initiatives and to cultivate an environment in which poetic artistry is appreciated and accessible to the widest possible public.
Boca de Oro: Art & Literature Fringe Festival was formed through a joint partnership between many people: Santa Ana Business Council and Downtown Inc.; Santa Ana Unified School District and SanArts; Conrad Romo, producer of Lit Fest Los Angeles and Melrose Bellows; Author and Art Commissioner and Makara Center for the Arts founder Marytza Rubio; and Orange Coast Magazine book journalist Cynthia Romanowski.
The historic Knights of Pythias Building on 5th & Broadway is home to the California Center for Digital Arts.
It may be tucked away upstairs, but this studio, school and gallery occupies the entire second floor with an entrance between La Rinconada Restaurant and Ninjas with Appetite on 5th Street.
Make your way to the Center this Artwalk and check out four awesome photographers showing their work. In addition, Monica Royal will host a talk on "Motivation and Inspiration" at 5:30pm.
Monica Royal is considered to be one of the most innovative macro artists today. Her signature droplet artwork has become a source of inspiration for countless other artists who study under her. Monica works closely with Tamron USA, Savage Universal and Millers Professional Imaging to produce the highest quality fine art photography. She is a published author on macro photography and has permanent fine art installations in Canada, the U.S. and Guam.
Photography is my passion. I love creating original pieces unique to my vision by manipulating my images digitally and by utilizing alternative processing techniques.
David Moyle is a local photographer whose artistic work has been displayed at several galleries. His photography was selected as a finalist for the Kinsey Institute annual art competition. He was also honored with an award from B&W Magazine and in the B&W Spider Awards in the Fine Art category. David was selected as one of the 20 “Creatives” to display work at OC Weekly’s 2015 “Artopia” and his work was displayed at Musee du Louvre in Paris as part of the see me Exposure Awards. He was an international Color Awards Nominee and a Spider Fellow Nominee in 2013.
Dan Holmes travels the world exploring, discovering, and telling stories with light. Known for his emotional and evocative imagery, he takes great pleasure in teaching about photographing in the natural world. He specializes in Fine Art Nature, Events, Commercial, and Workshops. Dan’s awards include PPC Nature, Landscape, & Photojournalist Photographer of the Year; Kodak Gallery Award; Black and White Spider International, Creative Asia and others. He is represented by Getty Images, and Premier Artists Collection. This is a free event.
About the California Center for Digital Arts
310 W. 5th St. | North Broadway
The California Center for Digital Arts is more than a collection of useful equipment, studios, classrooms, and top-flight teachers. It is a student resource for beginners and a source of inspiration for advanced image/video creators developing new, or expanding, visual voices. The California Center for Digital Arts is a community of artists with expert instructors and hands on learning.
About First Saturday DTSA Artwalk
Downtown Santa Ana Artists Village, East End, West End, Main St. and North Broadway
DTSA Artwalk is like a free carnival happening across downtown Santa Ana. There are two main outdoor festival areas with vendors, pop-up artists and performances, over 20 art galleries and studios with rotating art shows and performances and live music.
What is the impact of radically celebrating those living in the margins our our city?
What if we could see the gold hidden beneath their life or hardship and pain?
What if you could use art to help them see who they really are?
Brian Peterson, Founder of Faces of Santa Ana, and Damin Lujan, Santa Ana street artist, took on the opportunity to dignify and celebrate those living in the margins of Santa Ana’s downtown community. Formerly known as the Guest Inn and Suites, the hotel has been transformed into the The Orchard, a large 70 room permanent housing community for the homeless in Santa Ana. As construction nears a completion, Community Development Partners reached out to the local artist’s to brighten up the 3000 square ft wall in the rear of the building.
Before paint touched the wall, the artists first met and interviewed the new residents of The Orchard. They realized the importance of connecting with the resident’s hearts before creating the art for the wall. This was in fact the start of the mural. Their stories and hearts became the inspiration for the large wall comprised of twelve portraits and many symbols derived from their interviews. Unlike most murals in large cities, The Orchard project is a mural specifically for the residents. It positioned in the rear courtyard of their community, surrounded by future fruit and vegetable gardens and a learning center. It is a piece of art the 70 residents can be proud of. It is something they can call their own.
The full project took about 6 days to complete. Along the way, Brian and Damin had the opportunity to spend time with Daniel, a 14 year old resident of The Orchard. Daniel stood in amazement, watching his face and his beloved puppy being painted 18 feet in height. After an extended moment of silence and reflection, Daniel uttered, “I feel so special!”. Brian and Damin began to realize the power and impact the mural was creating. They asked Daniel, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how special do you feel?” Daniel responded, “Definitely a 10! It’s always been on my bucket list to be painted.”
The artist’s spent the six days laughing, joking, loving, and learning from The Orchard’s residents. Big John, the third portrait on the wall, spent all six days outside with Brian and Damin extending the tough love and endless jokes he's known for within The Orchard’s walls. He was their daily dose of joy and encouragement during the long hours of painting. Many other residents brought the artists food, snacks, and even a hand written thank you card. In the end, the mural has revealed its purpose to all involved. More than bringing color and life to a space, its true intention was to build relationships. Art has a supernatural way to pull down walls and connect us. Damin and Brian feel that the bigger the wall, the larger the opportunity to love, learn, and grow. Together, they dream of more walls like this in cities around the world. They are committed to dignifying and celebrating those who know what its like to feel invisible. Their journey of art and love is just beginning.
Story and Photos by Brian Peterson. Faces of Santa Ana.
The Bill Medley Auditorium hallway gets a fresh coat of paint
Through the Emmy award winning artist, Dionisio Ceballos, SAHS is embracing high art to exhibit in the foyer of the well-trafficked Bill Medley Auditorium, connecting to the artist village of Downtown as a destination for arts and culture in Santa Ana. The artist, who goes by Dio, plans to capture the pre-hispanic iconography of our local culture as shown in the attached, and will infuse the spirit, energy and imagery of the students, staff, parents and community who cross the threshold into this historic and distinctive school through a planned, yet intuitive organic process to really connect with the meaning of the oldest school in Santa Ana. As the principal, Jeff Bishop says, “As Santa Ana High School goes, so goes the city.”
Dio is well known for his work on the film "Frida"
Of his many credits, Dio worked on the film “Frida” which received 6 Academy-award nominations, including best art direction. Dio studied the techniques of Frida and painted all the Frida work represented in the movie. He exhibits some of his work at the esteemed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is a multidisciplinary artist known for his murals, and is also a screenwriter and animated film artist. He works in the U.S. and Mexico and brings some of the unique color palette, imagery, and tradition so much a part of Mexican art and infuses it with his study of light and atmosphere to make his pieces current, relevant and timeless.
Dio's work holds deep meaning
Dio represents the meta-disciplines and entrepreneurial skill-sets required by artists today. His story is of a path that meanders from intent and, yet, magically and perfectly builds a unique skill set that allows one to meet the immediate and rapidly evolving demands of industry when they appear. He demonstrates the risk-taking required of creatives today and a willingness to say “yes” in the moment, equipped with the resources and grit to figure it out and not only succeed, but thrive. He is open and vulnerable, sharing his thoughts and process so that others can learn from his work and find their own voice within their own process. Through his work, he demonstrates the joy that art brings to visually stimulate thought and energy, stir emotion and conversation, and activate community. It’s another way of capturing the adage of, “If these walls could talk.” As the mural unfolds and takes on a life of its own, there will be much talking about this visual and literal transformation of Santa Ana High School to an arts-focused, arts-centered school in the process of developing an arts school within the bigger context of the school while ensconcing all students in an arts-rich visual environment, because the arts literally do touch all aspects of our lives, directly and indirectly.
Read more in the OC Register: "How Frida Kahlo and Jack Daniels led to a giant mural at Santa Ana High"
About SanArts at Santa Ana High School
Santa Ana High School (SAHS) is undergoing a transformation to celebrate the history and culture that reigns the halls of this iconic school while capturing the school’s rich heritage through visual culture. It’s a metaphorical representation of the work going on around SanArts, the next generation arts conservatory at Santa Ana High School.
Story by Robyn MacNair
Dia de los Muertos is one of the most popular events celebrated across the city of Santa Ana. From Downtown to MainPlace Mall, the Bowers Museum to Fairhaven Cemetary and even Valley High School, the celebration of life and death resonates with residents and visitors each year.
Viva La Vida - October 21
Viva la Vida is the first shot-across-the-bow signaling the arrival of Dia de los Muertos season in Santa Ana. Founded by Calacas Cafe owner Rudy Cordova, Viva la Vida's modern take on the holiday included a Lucha Libre theme and a new location in the heart of DTSA. Visit their Facebook page to see pictures of the event which was nicely paired with the annual DTSA 5k Run.
Dia de los Muertos at MainPlace Mall - October 28
MainPlace Mall hosts a popular Dia de los Muertos celebration each year that keeps getting better and better. Don't miss the main stage at Macy's Court with live performances of indigenous Mexican music by Martin Espino, Folklorico dance by Ballet Folklorico Raices, Santa Ana High School's award-winning Mariachi Band, and music and dance by OCCTAC.
The celebration continues with kid's coloring activities, face painting, cookie decorating (while supplies last), an art show featuring work by Santa Ana High School Unified School District students, and a photo booth! Visit their Facebook Event Page and invite your friends.
Valley de los Muertos - November 1
The talented students and teachers at Valley High School are collaborating once again for an awesome free community event that features art, food, dance, banda, altars and mariachi. Show the Falcons some love and stop by for a great time 5-9pm. More information on Facebook.
Dia de los Muertos at Fairhaven Cemetery - November 1
Join Fairhaven Cemetery as they celebrate and remember those we have lost. Their service held at Waverley Chapel includes live music, dance performances and traditional refreshments. More info on Facebook.
15th Annual Noche de Altares: “Quinceañera” - Nov. 4
Noche de Altares is consistently ranked Santa Ana's favorite event drawing nearly 40,000 visitors to downtown to see over 100 altars lining Calle Cuatro (4th Street). According to the organizers, "For one night, families, students, community organizations, activists, artists, and businesses are invited to build an altar in memory of a deceased loved one or to bring awareness to a social issue. By making altars, participants are inviting fellow community members into their own life and passions for a loved one. Over the years we have seen altars bring strangers together through mutual compassion, understanding and dialogue. Families reunite to remember and honor their loved ones." Learn more on Facebook.
Day of the Dead Festival at Bowers Museum - Nov. 5
Close out the season with the annual Day of the Dead event at the Bowers Museum during their monthly installment of Sunday free family festivals. The Bowers puts on a show-stopper to honor our departed ones with music, dance and art. Sponsored by The Nicholas Endowment. Share the event on Facebook.
Story by Ryan Smolar
Santa Ana-based graphic designer, Mika Denny, is asking for your vote in a logo design contest that ends at 11pm tonight!
Mika's logo design was selected among 70 submissions as one of 5 finalists in a logo contest for the Dana Point Festival of Whales. Now, the public can vote on the best logo design and Mika already has over 600 votes. However, he is still trailing behind the first-place logo by just a few votes, and he is asking for support.
Vote for Mika's design (shown above) by visiting the Dana Point Festival of Whales Facebook Voting Contest page on Facebook.
Story by Ryan Smolar
The City of Santa Ana Arts & Culture Commission will convene today (as it always has) at 4:30pm at the City Council Chambers. But today, they will be deciding -- is there a better time for art?
The Commission will decide on one of three staff proposals: to change the time of their meetings to a) 4:30pm (no change), b) 5:00pm or c) 5:30pm. If you have thoughts on the matter, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the meeting today at 4:30pm. Parking is validated.
Other items to be discussed today are updates on the City's Arts & Culture Masterplan Steering Committee implementation and a review of the City's recent application to a pilot program that would designate Santa Ana a California State Cultural District.
At the Commission's last meeting in July, they elevated Sandra Pena, Ward 6 to the Chair of the Commission and Jessica Cha, Ward 5 to Vice Chair, they discussed a downtown public art project, and they inaugurated a search for an Arts & Culture administrator. Applications are due by August 24th.
Story by Ryan Smolar.
The City of Santa Ana is hiring an Arts and Culture Specialist to help implement the City's new Arts and Culture Master Plan. This is a critical position in one of Southern California's most creative cities. The ideal candidate is passionate, knoweldgeable, results-oriented and eager to work with diverse stakeholders as a linchpin connector for arts, community, city and culture.
If interested, learn more here or read the job posting below!
Arts and Culture Specialist
City of Santa Ana
Santa Ana, CA
$58,728.00 - $78,696.00 Annually, DOQ
The City of Santa Ana is looking for individuals who are results-oriented, possess great attitudes, demonstrate creativity and innovation, work efficiently, show a record of success and have a PASSION for public service. Having the best employees provides the best service to the community.
Under general supervision, plans, implements and maintains the City's Cultural Arts Programs as part of the Santa Ana Arts and Culture Master Plan, and acts as staff liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission.
Essential Functions Include But Are Not Limited To:
Serves as City liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission to assist the Commission in developing and implementing artistic and cultural projects and programs consistent with the short, mid and long-term goals of the City's Arts and Culture Master Plan; provides staff assistance to the Arts and Culture Commission by developing and posting meeting agendas, facilitates meetings and maintains Commission records; works with the arts community, non-profit agencies and other community-based organizations to develop opportunities to promote arts, culture and a variety of quality-of-life activities in the city; serves as a liaison between representatives in the arts, youth and education fields and the City to develop a vision and action plan for arts awareness and the promotion of youth and educational programming; establishes and promotes public art programs. Makes oral presentations to arts organizations and other public and private organizations. Evaluates programs and ongoing projects for effectiveness and efficiency. Identifies, seeks, submits applications for and manages local, state, and federal grants and other funding sources for arts activities; monitors and reports on expenditures, oversees the budget designated for the City's Arts and Culture Master Plan and coordinates communication with funding sources and recipient arts organizations. Performs other related functions as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in art, arts administration, business administration or a closely related field. Two years of experience in the administration of arts or art-related programs or any combination of education and experience that provides the desirable knowledge, skills and abilities.
DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of: principles and practices of arts programming and management; grant writing; public information principles and techniques; public administration including public policy; local, state and national arts programs, organizations and funding sources; principles and techniques of contract monitoring and evaluation; budget process and controls.
Ability to: develop, implement, administer and evaluate arts programs; keep abreast of current developments in the arts, including arts programs, organizations and funding sources; prepare and secure funding; prepare and present oral and written reports; design and carry out an effective public relations program; supervise, direct and train volunteers; establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, artists, art-related organizations and the general public; effectively represent and promote the arts in the City of Santa Ana.
Special Requirements: Must possess and retain a valid California Class C Driver's License as a condition of employment.
Special Working Conditions: Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as needed.
Bilingual fluency in English and one of the following languages is desirable: Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, Korean, or Samoan.
Application Requirements: To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. A complete application packet includes:
Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.
To apply, click on the "Apply" link located at the top of this page. New users must create an account first. Click on this link for instructions on how to set up your account and apply for the first time: Online Employment Application Guide.
The Personnel Services Department will review all applications and materials submitted. Those applicants possessing the most pertinent qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process, which will include:
Oral Interview Examination: (Weight of 100%) which will evaluate the candidates' experience, training, education and abilities in relation to those factors which are essential for successful performance on the job. Candidates need a minimum passing score of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
Address: 20 Civic Center Plaza, M-24