In 1999, the City of Santa Ana partnered with California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), alongside local community activist Don Cribb and director of CSUF’s art gallery Mike McGee to convert and refurbish a historic Santa Ana building into a functional year-round art center in the heart of the Artists Village, now known as Grand Central Art Center (GCAC). Now in its twentieth year of existence, GCAC is a renowned and respected force of creativity and innovation, producing four to six exhibitions per year. This art center isn’t an ordinary art gallery. The 45,000 square-foot building is home to three large gallery spaces, as well as a theater space, and rents spaces to third-party businesses like Gypsy Den, Hipcooks, and the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute. GCAC also offers twenty-six gorgeous apartments of varying sizes and art studios for graduate students in the Art Departments at CSUF. GCAC also offers an exceptional international artist-in-residence program with an apartment and studio space available.
Originally built in 1922, the Grand Central building in downtown Santa Ana was a single-story building between First and Second Street that functioned as a large centrally located marketplace with contained stalls for independent vendors, butchers, and grocers. This was to be a gathering center for the area, with fresh foods and goods available to its community members. In 1924 the building was expanded, adding two additional stories to the Grand Central building and providing a larger main entrance onto the 2nd Street promenade. Although the building was purchased and renovated by the city of Santa Ana hoping to revitalize the downtown area, and in the early 1980s, the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributor to the Downtown Historic District. The building is also listed as a landmark in the California Register as well as the Santa Ana Register of Historical Property.
In 1997, the Grand Central building was renovated and improved with the CSUF goals of GCAC, taking on extensive remodeling to the building, structure and offerings, priming it for the greatness that was just around the corner. Exhibitions began in 1999, and with the leadership of a handful of directors, GCAC has proudly continued the mission of the original Grand Central building and market, to provide a hub for the city of Santa—only now, they are a hub for the arts instead of produce.
Throughout the lifespan of GCAC, they have produced over 100 exhibitions of fine, performing, visual, and experimental arts. In the early 2000s, GCAC was well-respected and known for being a huge supporting and driving force in the movements of Lowbrow, Pop Surrealism, and cutting-edge subversive arts.
Although the art center shifted its focus to more experimental and relational art movements like Social Practice with the acquisition of John Spiak in 2012, GCAC’s current director, GCAC has maintained an excellent reputation for being a place where innovative and compelling art is shown, supported, and welcomed.
Some of the most notorious exhibitions in the history of GCAC have brought amazing art and artists to the art center, but for a long time, the center struggled to integrate into the neighborhood, it stood out as an iconic place for art, but seperate from some aspects of the Santa Ana cultural community. After its first ten years, there was a stronger connection to be forged between Latin arts groups and audiences in downtown Santa Ana and the Artists Village. The Santa Ana community continues to strive to embrace this unique and groundbreaking art center as a place that has not only embraced but also celebrated the native Santa Ana culture, community, and issues.
Although many non-artists may be puzzled, at first, by the anti-object nature of relational art, GCAC (and Spiak) have found a beautiful way to explore relevant and thoughtful social issues through a variety of art styles and projects that engage and entertain the masses. Today, GCAC is celebrated for its ability to present fascinating concepts and issues in beautiful and exciting ways that forces visitors—regardless of education level—to confront personal and political issues through visual information and outside-the-box creative expression. It is inspiring to see how much change is possible through community activation, and how diverse and innovative art can be when artists are given the opportunity to think local, global, and personal all at once with the support and space to showcase their thoughts, creations, and talents.
With twenty years of exceptional exhibitions under its belt and a drive to connect with people in meaningful ways, this historic space and groundbreaking programming is leading the way for the future of art and art institutions, holding us all accountable for our thoughts and actions, and provoking people to think and feel more genuinely and more compassionately with every new project.
Story by Evan Senn
Photos by Brian Feinzimer, Robert Gutierrez, Andrea Lisa Lee Harris
The Highlight Reel: the author's favorite GCAC Exhibitions Over the Years
Best Intentions: Robert Williams
March 3 – April 29, 2000
The Days of Janice Lowry
May 5 – June 24, 2001
Von Dutch: An American Original
December 7-January 26, 2003
Modern Myths Ancient Fables: James Lorigan
September 6-October 26, 2013
100 Artists See Satan
July 3 – Sept 19, 2004
Heaven on Earth: Thomas Kinkade
April 3 – June 20, 2004
The Saddest Place on Earth: The Art of Camille Rose Garcia
Oct 1 – Dec 18, 2005
Beautiful Mutants: Mark Mothersbaugh
Sept 1 – Oct 21, 2007
Original Photography by Andy Warhol
April 5 – June 15, 2008
Interruption: Joe Sorren
Nov 6 – Dec 31, 2010
Weapons of Mass Delusions: Laurie Lipton
May 1 – June 13, 2010
Nov 5 – Dec 31, 2011
Choas Job: Restrain Order: George Herms
Sept 3 – Oct 16, 2011
Empire: Bale Creek Allen
May 7 – June 12, 2011
Feb 5 – April 17, 2011
Cheers! And Focus: ISM: 10 Project
July 7 – Aug 12, 2012
Cross Cut: Aili Schmeltz
Nov 2 – Dec 31, 2013
Flora Kao: Wind House, Abode That A Breath Effaced
June 7 – Aug 10, 2014
Kenyatta Hinkle and Tyler Oyer: Exploring the Nowannago
Aug – Oct, 2016
Sarah Rafael Garcia: SanTana’s Fairy Tales
Feb – April, 2017
Jen Hofer and John Pluecker: AntenaMovil
June – January, 2017
Kim Zumpfe: outside the length of a room / OR / diving into the blue sun
May 5 – Sept 9, 2018
Rebecca Chernow: #superbloom
Nov 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018
McCallium and Tarry: Exchange
Mar 3 – May 15, 2018
Yevgeniya Mikhailik: A Slow Conflict
Feb 2 – April 14, 2019
Orange County isn’t exactly the place that comes to mind when you ask most people where they can find a burgeoning art and music scene. But every Thursday, musicians, poets, artists, dancers, and music lovers from all walks of life gather at The Coollab Project in Santa Ana to create—and stir up—a diverse melting pot of culture and talent unlike anything else for miles.
“Everybody Gets Love”
Though the open-air courtyard of 4th Street Market is filled with beautiful sounds every Thursday evening, perhaps the most incredible thing about The Coollab Project is the community that’s sprung up around it. Everywhere you turn, you’re greeted with smiling faces and invitations to converse. Strangers become friends, and for a few hours, the social barriers we’re all so used to just seem to melt away.
This radically inclusive spirit is infectious. Regulars of The Coollab Project tell a similar story of stumbling upon the event, having a blast, and now coming back every week. For many, it’s the community they didn’t even know they were searching for.
It is, however, the platform that Coollab Project Founder Vinson Muhammad, who goes by ALäZ, was searching for when he moved to Southern California from Macon, Georgia. “The purpose of The Coollab Project is to bring artists together for cool collaborations through music,” said ALäZ. “When I moved out here from Georgia in 2016, I wanted to build something that would help musicians, including myself, get their message out to the people.“ His positive energy and message, along with undeniable bars and trumpet chops, have gone a long way in shaping the community of The Coollab Project.
“Respect the Mic”
ALäZ has one request of his fellow Orange County dwellers: don’t sleep on the talented musicians right here in our backyard—instead, come through and give them respect. Styles you’ll hear in one night at The Coollab Project range from jazz and hip hop to spoken word. The event’s host, Rocky Angelini, is an emcee and musician who epitomizes this kind of variety. Unafraid to twist, bend, and blend styles together, Rocky is definitely an OC artist on the rise, and his live performances are legendary, complete with live looping and incredible dance breaks.
House band Apollo Bebop take the concept of musical flexibility to the next level. A modern jazz fusion band led by emcee Brian to Earth, there’s not a style they can’t play. And if you show up in need of musicians to back you up, just ask. They’ll be happy to sit in on a song. No practice required.
In fact, just about every musician at The Coollab Project is willing to lend their talents, and one of the most exciting parts of every Thursday is the jam session. After the Open Mic participants, Apollo Bebop and Rocky Angelini, as well as the night’s featured artist—that’s right, there’s a 15 minute headline slot each week—have performed, all musicians are invited on stage for an improvised jam. The musicians set the tone, rappers and singers trade bars, and the B-boys, hula hoopers, and dancers in the crowd all let loose. It’s truly an experience to behold.
The Coollab Project is truly a hidden gem in Orange County, but the ambitions of the musicians and artists there are far-reaching. The group has seen explosive growth in 2018, and they’re optimistic about the future.
A major part of the soul of the Coollab is its location. There is an intentional effort at the Coollab to honor the ancestors and residents of the great city of Santa Ana. Despite various challenges and wide-spread misconceptions, every Thursday we are reminded of what truly makes this city beautiful—the people. Artists and audience members practice supporting each other financially and are encouraged to take the support beyond the event to local businesses and organizations throughout the community. With this type of collaborative energy, it is only a matter of time before everybody sleeping on Santa Ana and the OC gets a serious wake up call.
Exciting things are indeed happening in Santa Ana, and The Coollab Project is at epicenter of the city’s blossoming music scene. Next time you’re looking for a live music fix, a fun Thursday night out, or even a great spot to impress your date, head to 4th Street Market from 7–9:30 p.m. to support your local artists. You can also support The Coollab Project by purchasing an official T-shirt for $20 at the event, or by following us on Instagram @TheCoollabProject.
Story by Randall Head
Photos/Art provided by The Coollab Project
Sometimes creating an arts “masterpiece” has little to do with paints or pigments. And the
“Arts Roundtable” that was held on Friday the 25th of January at the Frida Theatre in Downtown Santa Ana demonstrated that there are other kinds of “masterpieces” being created.
This Arts Roundtable was the 5th in a series of what was described as a process for creating a network and support system for practitioners of the arts, crafts, and industrial arts. Before the event started, I sat in a seat, and was thankful for the Mediterranean food provided usurping my usual pre-show popcorn and drink. Instead of the pre-movie fare of previews, and commercials, I was able to preview in the conversations and interactions around me what this roundtable would be. To name a few, I spoke with a film producer, a film maker, an artist/muralist that I had become familiar with almost twenty years ago, an engineer, a fabricator, and a ceramicist. All of these personalities were in attendance to ensure that they would be active participants in a cohesive, articulated, and supportive community of artists, artisans, and crafts people.
The program for the evening reviewed and celebrated the past roundtables over the course of two years throughout Orange County. Selected speakers spoke of how the results of those roundtables impacted their work and resulted in their own personal successes. One resulting partnership resulted in a school, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and an industrial designer working together to create an art installation that was displayed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Another presenter spoke of his international status as a filmmaker of food for an internationally renowned online food network. The two-hour program was engaging and served to remind those in attendance of the importance of creating and maintaining a network of engaged and supported creators. It was noteworthy, and pointed out, that it was the creative community that wanted to be connected formally. The online “arts registry” was the response.
Over twenty years ago I opened up two galleries in Santa Ana. One in the Santora Building, and another on Main Street. Any connectivity I had to other creative forces were made by me in order to survive; and any support given to my gallery and artistic endeavors were usually limited to my galleries being used as backdrops for redevelopment and sought after gentrification. (But that is another story). I would have been ecstatic to open my galleries with the support and networking capabilities that the “Arts Registry” presently provides. To me, the product that individuals like Robyn McNair, Ryan Smolar, and Madeleine Spencer have been able achieve and create (with the support of others who I’m sure should be mentioned) is nothing short of a “masterpiece”.
Is the masterpiece finished? I’m certain that it is not. After all, art is more than just a product, it is a process. And I for one, can’t wait to see how this masterpiece evolves in the ongoing process of Arts Roundtables.
Learn more about the Santa Ana Artists Registry >
Story by Matthew Cruz
Photos by Matthew Martinez
ABOUT THE ARTS ROUNDTABLE SERIES
This event is part of a multi-event series, the Santa Ana Arts Roundtable events organized by Santa Ana’s downtown improvement district, with the hopes to connect and empower artists in-person and online at SantaAnaArts.org. The Arts Roundtable series kicked off in 2015 at Santa Ana High School and has traveled to the Bowers Museum, OC Heritage Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts and now The Frida Cinema with the mission of building resources to help artists and arts organizations connect and thrive in the Santa Ana.
The Santa Ana Arts Roundtable V was created to showcase the launch of the Santa Ana Artists Registry by the Santa Ana Business Council, Downtown Inc., major arts institutions across Santa Ana and SanArts Conservatory and the City of Santa Ana under the banner of SantaAnaArts.org.
The proposition was simple and straightforward: We would meet at my place around about 12:30, when the afternoon light was just right. And after a few minutes of catching up, we would sip tequila with beer chasers on my front porch, where I would ask Rogelio Reyes (a.k.a Roger Eyes R.) all about his four-month long endeavor to finish 6 medium-sized portraits of day laborers, live, during the coming art walks in downtown Santa Ana. Yes, simple: while I sit before a T.V. dinner table with my typewriter on it and conduct the interview, he paints a portrait of me with my whole arsenal of media at his fingertips—a face-to-face meeting, as it were, and a brutal peeling/picking of artistic minds.
The way I saw it, there was no real better or more fitting way to accomplish this task of outlining what he plans to do and just how he plans to do it. I had to catch the man in action, as he’ll be seen during the bleak icy first Saturdays of the months to come; see what makes him tick; see his style bleed upon paper, and hopefully by being one of the first to hear him speak about blue collar/hump-busters/hard-working/laborers, I could really get an understanding as to why he chose to paint those who truly make the world go round, for the first time in his artistic career.
He’d seen them all his life; regarded them as something familiar yet too removed from the world that his art tended to gravitate toward, and wanted nothing more than to revolve around: his inner-thoughts, his own world.
But after several brush-ups and lengthy conversations with assorted laborers at his last job, he felt inspired to make them come through in what he calls “Pop Impressionism.” He basically pops all the colors in a painting that you wouldn’t normally pop--as is my understanding. At first I thought he’d coined the style/technique, but he reassured me that wasn’t the case.
And the portraits will be, aside from his Pop Impressionistic approach, straightforward, because he wants to make sure that the message is received by as many of those who see the portraits. And that message is that laborers are everywhere, and you more than likely have several in your very own lineage.
So, as he drew some starter shapes on the 12 x 10 newsprint paper he had up on an easel, using some black Higgin’s ink I had leftover, he went down the list of the types of laborers he’s (so far) considering.
1) Basket weavers of the Juaneño tribe, natives to the southern tip of the coast now known as Orange County: These, he said, will be drawn from old sepia photos he managed to get his hands on, and are to be interpreted by Roger in “oranges and yellows that pop.”
2) A Ranchero: Possibly tilling the soil of his fertile land, or one of a rancher humbly standing in front of Irvine’s meadowy green and grassy hills as they roll seemingly forever behind him, off into the distance. The concept for this portrait is also dependent on what old photo(s) he’s able to scrounge up and that inspire him.
3) A Business Owner: In red. Roger is considering hitting the pavement and searching for a living breathing subject that hits the spot for this one. He feels it just might be the right type of subject to sort of round off the whole collection: One for the little guy.
He tells me he’s not quite sure who or where to start asking. But he’s not worried. Plenty of time, still, he says.
He eyeballs my hair and adds a couple of more ink lines in a downward motion. I type: B. Owner…To Be Determined.
4) Orange pickers: a fairly obvious choice—but equally a must, considering where we are. Possibly a picture of him committing himself to the kind of work that was once rampant around here not too long ago; before the burnout strip malls and the heavy industrial goliaths arrived and shaved them off the map, roots and all.
Also from sepia photos. Roger plans on doing this portrait in blue.
Bold, I told him. He agreed.
5) Shop Owner(s?): Although similar to #3, he’s considering making it a portrait of a man and a woman who run the show of some small shop, along for the drudgery of earning an honest American buck together. Also T.B.D.
6) Female Machinist for Aerospace: This one is a little down the line so there’s not much to go off of yet, he tells me.
This brings us to the first Saturday of May, the 4th, Spring of 2019: Artwalk. By this time Roger plans on having all six portraits finished and displayed at the promenade, by the fountain, in the heart of the Artist’s Village, finished and ready to then be hauled to the Fourth Element Gallery in DTSA, where they will more legitimately displayed as a collection of finished works with all the lights and the little signs beside each painting that give you the titles and a brief description of each one.
But the money melon is the actual experience of standing beside Roger Eyes R., seeing him paint, but also, actually having a conversation with the man. If you find yourself walking toward the fountain on the promenade in the coming months, and you happen to spot Roger, wearing his paint-stained white lab coat, looking like a mix between John Lennon (circa ’75) and Roy Orbison in his heyday, you should talk to him. Tell him where you’ve been. Tell him about what in the hell was bothering you all day today, and why it was a mean gorilla’s hair up your ass. Tell him about your walk down Santa Ana’s dark alleys, feeling the bricks with your fingertips, taking a long drag, thinking that things (and truly believing) could really be a whole lot better than now. He will listen. He will paint. For all the right reasons.
Story by Eric Cocoletzi
Photo by Brian Feinzimer
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The City of Santa Ana invites you to the "unveiling" of their first city-sponsored art panel public art project in the historic downtown at East 3rd and North Bush Streets!
Artists & Artworks Presented:
Art for Change Collaborative – “DTSA”
Brian Peterson – “Bold as a Lion” & “The Elephant in the Room”
Bud Herrera – “One with Nature”
Ed Terrell – “Pure Light”
GENE – “Butterflies”
Kimberly Duran – “Respirar Lucha”
Join Arts & Culture Office Staff and Commissioners for a brief presentation at East 3rd and North Bush Streets @ 5:30 pm. Following, there will be a reception at the 4th Street Market patio to recognize artists, arts organizations, educators, community leaders, and supporters who have collaborated with the City over the years.
According to the City, "Comfort food and desserts will be catered by the eateries at 4th Street Market and entertainment will be provided by talented local artists."
Artsits and supporters are encouraged to attend to mingle & network with creative folks who shape the city's vibrant arts community
The event is FREE and open to the public, but you MUST RSVP
Parking is not included. Please check meters or parking lots for fees and operating hours
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.
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