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 email@example.com 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
What is a California Cultural District?
How Santa Ana Got Involved
On February 7th, Rick Stein, the Executive Director of Arts OC, our county's arts council contacted Ryan Smolar of Downtown Inc. and John Spiak of the CSUF Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) urging Santa Ana to write a letter of interest for the state's new Cultural District program.
Smolar and Spiak relayed the invitation to Jorge Garcia, who represents the City of Santa Ana's Arts & Culture commission as the Senior Management Assistant at the City of Santa Ana. The City had already been tracking the cultural district program and was reviewing the materials sent out by the state.
Garcia brought the idea of pursuing the cultural district to city staff leadership and to the Santa Ana Arts & Cultural Commission for a Work Study Session at their February public meeting.
On March 1st, Garcia announced to Smolar and Spiak that the City and Arts Commission would like to move forward with a letter of interest to the state from Downtown Inc. as the lead organization and key partners including CSUF Grand Central Art Center and the City of Santa Ana with the intent to add more partners to the process as it unfolded.
We were able to meet on March 7th to further discuss the letter of interest that needed to be created quickly. We invited additional arts, education and cultural institutional partners to join the conversation and discussed the possibility of a town hall, which we instead submitted as part of our plan if the state decided to move forward with the designation.
By March 27th, Smolar finished compiling the letter of interest for a Santa Ana Cultural District based on the framework of the Santa Ana Arts & Culture Masterplan, City of Santa Ana 5-Year Strategic Plan and the feedback received from hundreds of artists, arts organizations and arts educators at the Arts Roundtable events hosted across the City.
Spiak and Garcia suggested minor changes to the document and we submitted it along with letters of support from Santa Ana Unified School District, Bowers Museum, an art gallery owner and a Santa Ana-based artist who also runs a local non-profit.
A Santa Ana Cultural District as part of the Bigger Picture
The Letter of Interest for Santa Ana's Cultural District is based on the goals and objectives of key community plans that guide the economic, education, quality of life and arts and cultural development of our city:
Objective 5: Leverage private investment that results in tax base expansion and job creation citywide.
Goal 5: Community Health, Livability, Engagement & Sustainability
Objective 5: Promote a strong arts and culture infrastructure
Santa Ana's Letter of Interest
Developing a Cultural Inventory
Visit by the State of California
On June 2nd, representatives from the California Arts Commission met with over 35 diverse local artists and arts and culture leaders to discuss the possibility of Santa Ana's Cultural District. A few attendees expressed concern about a cultural district initiative, requesting that local artists and residents be prioritized in any funding or planning around the district. Organizations servicing thousands of Santa Ana residents with access to arts and culture spoke in favor of the designation including:
*Note, if you want your name removed from the list above for any reason or feel you were left of this list, please contact us so we can correct any error.
Update (6/9/17): After the June 2nd tour and receiving feedback from the State of California, the City of Santa Ana has decided to become the "lead applicant" for the Cultural District with the City's Arts & Culture Masterplan Steering Committee involved in the development and implementation of the District and the City of Santa Ana Arts & Culture Commission installed as an Advisory Board to the program. The City will hold monthly public meetings to maintain community voice throughout the process. All partners agreed that these adjustments best reflect our shared goals of inclusion, equity, partnership and working with the entire community.
What happens next?
The State of California will announce the final list of California Cultural Districts in mid-July. If accepted, the process to move forward described in the letter of interest is as follows:
We have already identified $5,000 funding to host a Town Hall to cultivate energy and plans for the Cultural District from our Arts Roundtable sponsorship. CSUF GCAC can provide their venue which
results in a cost savings and the City of Santa Ana can help with distributing invitations to a broad audience and hearing new ideas.
We will seek funding from the Arts Commission and other sources to write a guide to the Cultural District, estimated at costing $25,000 including printing and distribution costs.
We will perform connectivity audits of our district to see how active transportation and public realm improvements (including public art) could enhance our district. With grants, this could equate to millions of dollars in spending to increase connectivity across our district including physical and programmatic enhancements.
We will work to unify all free events provided by cultural district members to be "co-sponsored" by the Cultural District. This will help us share audiences who need the services we are providing free across the district including free festivals, shows and community gatherings. We estimate there is over $500,000-$1M in free events being produced in the district.
We will also seek a way to sustain a Cultural District awareness campaign via social media, a booth at free events and to present information in both English and Spanish. We wiill seek sponsors from the business sector to help fund this program at $12,000 per year.
This discussion has tested ideas and forced some clarity on how our arts community can continue to swirl together regardless of the outcome of this particular process.
One thing is clear: through the efforts of many, the arts and culture of Santa Ana is "the corazón of arts and culture in Orange County," as Sara Guerrero put it. Or simply, "the deepest concentration of arts and culture in Orange County," as Rick Stein expounded. Or that "arts are the healing salve for so many in our community who have nothing else" as Cheryl Eberly explained. Or that "this designation would change what youth think is possible for them" as City of Santa Ana Youth Commissioner Belen Carillo shared and Victor de los Santos echoed.
Before departing, the state arts comission seemed to agree, leaving us with these parting thoughts, "Passion...you definitely have passion. I wish some arts communities had the love and passion you all share. It's quite evident."
Story by Ryan Smolar
In a City with only one public library, the community is always searching for new ways to spread literacy and reading across our city.
In the name of this great quest: Little Free Libraries have popped up across the City, Chapman purchased and tried to preserve the Liberia Rubén Martinez bookstore (now the Centro Comunitario de Educación), and most recently a non-profit called Community Engagement and CSUF GCAC resident artist, Sarah Rafael Garcia opened a brick-and-mortar for her exciting Libromobile project.
To add another page to this story: the Santa Ana College Mural Team, 4th Street Market and Downtown Inc. recently partnered to create a mural that you can check library content out of.
The idea was shared with Santa Ana College Arts Department and Downtown Inc. by a shared contractor who encountered a mural library in a South American subway station. He sent the picture back home and Downtown Inc. and SAC connected the dots between 4th St. Market owner Ryan Chase and SAC Mural Team professor, Darren Hostetter.
Hostetter ran a contest for his students to design the best mural library concept and then painted the final product, including a stenciled QR code, or "digital" part of the mural.
This project was overseen by myself (Ryan Smolar), inspired by our downtown social media star (who likes to remain behind-the-scenes), executed by Darren Hostetter and the SAC Mural Team and made possible by Ryan Chase and the 4th St. Market. The inner-workings of the mural were advised by Santa Ana Public Librarian, David Lopez, who also told us you can apply for a library card to rent digital materials without even visiting the library. This means that the wall is not only a distributor of library content, but a library card dispensary as well.
The 4th St Market library mural connects you directly to books and content about food and cooking, and we hope murals like this will pop-up around town and connect you with other types of material whether that be art, music, science or sports. If you want a digital library mural on your public-facing wall, please contact us.
Story by Ryan Smolar
How the Consulate of Mexico in Orange County is Connecting Students to 24 OC Cultural Places and a $5,000 Scholarship
What is the PASE Program?
(Spanish acronym for -pasea, aprende, sorpréndete y experimenta- walk around, learn, surprise yourself and experiment… the cultural and natural richness in Orange County)
It's a cultural and educative initiative by the Consulate of Mexico in Orange County to support students from elementary to high school by encouraging them to visit 24 cultural places within the County and to have new learning experiences.
This project aims to awake the interest of Mexican students and from other nationalities to visit these places to experience the endless cultural and natural possibilities in Orange County.
Where can you obtain the PASE card?
Who is the target population of the PASE Program?
Students registered in any School District in Orange County from grades 1 to 12.
The PASE card is free of charge and you can download it at the web site.
Does the PASE card allow you to get free admission to the participating venues?
No, each participating institution has special offers and incentives for the students.
There are places where admission is free, like the Santa Ana Library, the Newport Beach Library, the Fullerton Arboretum, the Historic Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana and others have free admission one day in the month. Please check on the participating agencies websites to find out about their free admittance days. For example, at the Laguna Art Museum and the Irvine Zoo if a student presents his/her P.A.S.E., his/her brothers and sisters as well as his/her Mom and Dad will get free admission. In other places, the entry will be according to the fees they have.
What Are The Benefits?
Not only the students and their parents will have experiences and gain more knowledge, but also all the students who visit the 24 institutions and write a paper about how these visits impacted their lifes, will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a $5,000 USD scholarship.
You must present your PASE and your paper at the Consulate of Mexico in Santa Ana before April 13th, 2018. The raffle will take place on April 29, 2018.
Why the PASE Program was created?
It was created for the children to encourage them to visit these places to enrich their lives and be inspired to see artworks, natural places like the Fullerton Arboretum where they can see different species of vegetation, or visit the home of President Richard Nixon in Yorba Linda and get on the presidential helicopter used by the presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford. Visit the Ocean Institute in Dana Point and see the abundant marine life, touch a starfish and maybe this will inspire them to be marine biologists or scientists. The possibilities are endless.
Learn more at: www.programapase2017.com
¿Qué es el programa PASE?
(Acrónimo que significa Pasea, Aprende, Sorpréndete y Experimenta…las riquezas culturales y naturales del Condado de Orange)
Es una iniciativa del Consulado de México en el Condado de Orange que exhorta a estudiantes de primaria a preparatoria a visitar 24 lugares de interés cultural y educativo dentro del Condado y a que tengan nuevas experiencias. Es un programa educativo y cultural que pretende despertar el interés de los estudiantes mexicanos y de otras nacionalidades que deseen utilizar este PASE para visitar estos lugares y experimentar las infinitas posibilidades culturales y naturales que tienen en el Condado de Orange.
¿Dónde se puede obtener el ejemplar del PASE?
¿Quiénes pueden participar en el Programa PASE?
Los estudiantes de los grados 1 al 12 (Elementary to High School), registrados en escuelas del Condado de Orange. El ejemplar del PASE es gratuito
¿El ejemplar del PASE permite obtener acceso gratuito a los lugares de los socios participantes?
No, cada institución participante tiene incentivos y ofertas especiales para los estudiantes.
Hay lugares en los que la entrada es gratuita, como la biblioteca de Santa Ana, la biblioteca de Newport Beach, el Arboretum de Fullerton, la Antigua Corte del Condado de Orange en Santa Ana y muchos otros que tienen entrada gratuita un día en el mes. Por favor visita la página web de los socios participantes para obtener información sobre sus días de libre acceso. Por ejemplo, en el Museo de Arte de Laguna Beach y en el Zoo de Irvine si un estudiante presenta su PASE, sus hermanos y hermanas, así como su mamá y papá tendrán entrada gratuita. En otros lugares, la entrada será de acuerdo a las tarifas que tienen.
¿Para qué se creó el Programa PASE?
Para que los niños y jóvenes estudiantes al ir a cualquiera de estos lugares enriquezcan sus vidas y se inspiren al ver obras de arte, jardines de distintas especies de vegetación de diferentes partes del mundo como el Arboretum de Fullerton, o visitar la casa del Presidente Richard Nixon en Yorbalinda y subirse al helicóptero presidencial que utilizaron los presidentes Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon y Ford. Visitar el Ocean Institute en Dana Point y ver la riqueza marina, tocar una estrella de mar y tal vez esto les inspire a ser biólogos marinos o científicos. Las posibilidades son interminables.
¿Cuáles son los beneficios?
Además de que pueden visitar estos interesantes lugares, divertirse, tener nuevas experiencia y adquirir más conocimientos, los estudiantes que visiten los 24 lugares podrán participar en una gran rifa. El estudiante tendrá la oportunidad de participar en un sorteo para una beca de $5.000 dólares. Visita los 24 lugares incluidos en el PASE y presente un ensayo que describa lo que aprendió y disfrutó. Entregue su PASE y el ensayo en el Consulado de México en Santa Ana antes del 13 de abril de 2018. El sorteo se realizará el 29 de abril 2018.
Página web: www.programapase2017.com
As you bank down Santa Ana Blvd towards downtown, you flash by a tiny, peach hacienda whose garage door shouts colorful political statements. At least, it did until today.
Santa Ana artist Carlos Balam announced on Facebook to devastated artists, neighbors and fans: "today the city of Santa ana stop by my space to say that they received a complaint about my writing in the garage door "stop the war " n that I must erased it [sic]"
Over the last year, Balam's garage has established itself as a neighborhood focal point of revolving political slogans and art during this time of intense turmoil and tension. The most recent, and arguably most innocuous slogan, "Stop the War," received a complaint which prompted the City of Santa Ana to request Balam to "take it down" according to several Facebook posts made by him on May 18th.
Ironically, a black and white photograph of Balam's previous garage-adorning slogan, "Tell your Children They Can't Drink Oil," hung in the Bowers Museum just a few weeks ago in Federico Medina 's "Life and Culture in The Golden City", a public art show that was funded by the same city who now is asking Balam to censor his neighborhood garage murals.
This situation prompts some interesting questions like -- Who is Carlos Balam? Can he muralize his garage? and What are the roles of the City and public in this whole mess anyway?
Who is Carlos Balam?
The first time I met Carlos Balam, he was hanging out in front of his garage with an iguana perched on his shoulder, painting a memorial portrait like you'd see on Calle Cuatro during Noche de Altares.
Even though I was just walking by, and Balam was just standing in his driveway, the inviting space between a sunken ship and his front-yard banana tree prompted a conversation. "I'm painting this portrait in honor of a friend's Tio," Balam offered. "I painted the Lavanderia here on the corner too," Balam added, pointing to the seascape-covered coin laundry overshadowing his casita and art studio.
I adore the Lavanderia and was moved as Balam pointed-out kernels of neighborhood history captured in the Lavanderia mural: everything in it is a symbol. "See this fish?" he said, pointing to an oddly-colored carp, "a kid in the neighborhood was from Germany, so he painted this fish Germany's flag colors."
The garage door erasure comes on the heels of another incursion of Balam's self-directed neighborhood beautification efforts: the Lavanderia was sold recently and parts of Balam's mural suddenly disappeared. You can see a missing panel on Santa Ana Blvd. and a green parrot, a familiar symbol of Santa Ana, now floats frozen halfway between startled surprise and stuccoed oblivion.
However, Balam is most famous for his magnum opus several blocks away in the Logan neighborhood on the side of a liquor store near La Chiquita restaurant. This mural honors Latino veteran heroes from the neighborhood, among them Sam Romero who famously requested to be painted "...high up so the dogs don't urinate on my head." Balam gives speeches and tours here on veteran days of remembrance as a sort of volunteer community storyteller. As the keeper of this community's death toll and contributions to war, you start to understand the plea on Balam's garage is more thoughtful and sincere than a passerby might first surmise.
Can Balam muralize his garage?
Since the City of Santa Ana doesn't have a specific ordinance tackling murals, one might look to the City's On-Premise Signs Codes or Sign Regulations to dictate what types of writing and graphics are permissible on structures like garages. This stringent document creates orderly commercial districts and neighborhoods, but there are two problems when applying it here:
(1) Balam's hacienda art studio demarcates the wild mixed-use outskirts of downtown where a little nonconformity is a comforting sentry of neighborhood authenticity, connectivity and flavor.
(2) The City's sign regulations and codes are being flagrantly violated every which way across Santa Ana by like everyone and their mother (from taco trucks to brick-and-mortar businesses to city-supported non-profit institutions). So, the enforcement here is definitely grey-area enough to request a deeper review by fans and friends of art, self-expression and neighborhood character.
What is the City, Balam's and the Public's role?
The City's role here is pretty simple: their approach to private property murals is to enforce based on complaints. At least one person complained about the "Stop the War" mural and so the City showed up and applied the bureaucratic indifference of the law on the books. Further review could be prompted by the appeals of supporters of Balam's mural and possibly, changes to how Balam approaches his mural-making (see below).
Balam has complied with the City's request and painted over his garage (for now, at least). From my own surmising, he has a few choices moving forward:
(1) he could quietly review the city's sign rules and create a work that complies, which may require a work that evades controversy, and hence doesn't draw complaints
(3) he could counter the complaint(s) the City received with letters of support and request a further review of his situation by the Arts Commission, high-level planning department staff and/or his City Council representative
(3) he could help champion a mural ordinance or adjustment to the sign ordinance that clarifies and enhances his and others' abilities to create private property murals
"Who is saying they are going to erase it? Were u cited? Please don't erase it." urged City of Santa Ana Arts Commission Vice Chair Sandra Pocha Pena on Balam's Facebook post.
It's clear that while Balam's garage had its critic(s), it also has its champions:
"That SUCKS," remarked another Santa Ana muralist, "Damn, Really!!!" exclaimed another on the post.
Hopefully, these supporters will write letters to counter the complaint filed with the city and provoke a review from higher-ups at the planning department or by the Arts Commission or City Council.
Carlos Balam has been talking for some time about his next mural: it's about a Latino astronaut meant to show the kids of Santa Ana they can do anything.
As for Santa Ana murals in general, a bigger discussion on murals has been lingering for a long time and might be taken up by artists as several great evolutions have occurred:
With all of this great energy, we're sure to see more murals, more public discussion and more support and clearer guidelines articulated. The writing is on the wall.
Story by Ryan Smolar
Tonight at 6:30pm starting at CSUF GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER:
Join Downtown neighbors for a walk around Downtown Santa Ana in honor of Jane Jacobs, author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities” and pioneer of the idea that cities are for people.
Every year since 2007, neighbors in cities across America unite the first week of May to walk in honor of Jane Jacobs' contributions to walkable, people-centric cities.
Attendees to this event are invited to share their neighborhood insight and expertise as we stroll along the Wellness Corridor Path created by Latino Health Access and City of Santa Ana starting in front of CSUF Grand Central Art Center (125 N Broadway) at the Chiarini fountain.
Please wear bright clothes and comfortable shoes. At the end of the walk, we will head to Taquerias Guadalajara for Taco Tuesday!
Learn more about Jane's big ideas for cities:http://janeswalk.org/information/about/jane-jacobs-ten-big-ideas/
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1896605170615733/
Then, starting this Friday at The Frida Cinema:
From IFC Films and Sundance Selects comes Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, director Matt Tyrnauer’a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Screens daily May 12 - 18; showtimes below.
Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Tyranuer’s (Valentino: The Last Emperor) stirring documentary vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.
Friday, May 12 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Saturday, May 13 – 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm, 9:30
Sunday, May 14 – 11am, 5:30pm, 8pm
Monday, May 15 – 5:30pm,8pm
Tuesday, May 16 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Wednesday, May 17 – 5:30pm ONLY
Thursday, May 18 – 5:30pm, 8pm
“A fascinating documentary captures the showdown, half a century ago, between the activist Jane Jacobs and the Trumpian urban planner Robert Moses: a fight for the future of New York.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“It’s a story that needs periodic retelling, and Mr. Tyrnauer has heightened the human drama by focusing on Jacobs, an improbable David to Moses’s Goliath.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Interview By Madeleine Spencer
Taking Action Project: Building A Symbol Unity Through Art “The Man of Corn Sculpture & Procession”
This exhibit is the artist’s vision of a unity project. The main piece, from which the exhibit derives its name, is a human scale sculpture of a man made of corn. It is a piece that has received widespread acceptance in the Mexico City where the original production occurred in 2014.
The “Taking Action Project” is an art production and exhibition piece to be performed in collaboration with Santa Ana’s artists, merchants and community. This creative production is being enacted in Santa Ana, CA. by the visiting Mexican artist Alfadir Luna, currently hosted by Grand Central Arts Center who will be an artist-in-residence for a series of site visit to the city. His first site visit was from March 28 – April 18. Once the final sculpture is completed, the produced sculpture will continue to tour in different cities in the United States after which it will come home again. (http://vorticidad.org/artist/alfadir-luna-2/).
The inception of this project occurred when Luna was approached by a Los Angeles art Exhibition who asked Luna to tour the piece after witnessing the procession in 2014 in Mexico City. Luna’s first reaction was that merely touring the piece would not properly share the art works full intention. The work first had to be actively produced within the States since making the art is seen by Luna as an important part of the total process and is a process to be done collaboratively in community. The work itself of creating the work, the process that takes place is the action, not the object. Therefore, it was proposed to perform the action and build the sculpture “A Man of Corn” in Santa Ana, appealing to the city of Santa Ana as a historical, social and commercial center in Orange County that is in close relation with different towns in Mexico. The collective production of the art piece will, once completed, be transported to sites in Arizona, Queens, Chicago and San Francisco, after which the sculpture will finally return to the city of Santa Ana .
The artist stated that the productions acceptance and the request began with an invitation from a Los Angeles Art exhibition that made him realize that it was necessary to “fly out” and reach other people outside Mexico and since Santa Ana, CA is closely tied to Mexico with the largest number of Ex-Patriated Mexican population in the world outside of the Country, this was the logical place for this production to occur.
Alfadir Luna Lives and works in Mexico City as an Artist and teacher. He studied visual arts at the National School of Plastic Arts (now Faculty of Arts and Design), UNAM. At the momento Alfadir has his Masters in Art and Environment from the same university. Among others, he is also accomplished in the studies in Aesthetics, Art and Violence in the School of Knowledge. His work has been shown in different public and private platforms, both in Mexico and abroad. He is currently a professor at the Arts and Crafts Factory of Orient, a unit of the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City. In the company, Teatro Línea de Sombra he is director of the Ruta Migrante project, and is an adviser and teacher in its educational program.
Interview of Luis Humberto-Ramirez by Madeleine Spencer, photos by Ryan Smolar
When most students think of advertising they think it is a career that takes place somewhere far away in a studio, or some commercial establishment. Most think it is off somewhere distant like Hollywood or New York. Most never think that the advertising agency might be somewhere close, somewhere they grew up, in their own city and neighborhood. I decided that instead of searching for what I thought of as a famous advertising agency far away, I would search for an agency right here in Santa Ana, that is how I found the Truth Agency in Downtown Santa Ana.
My name is Luis Humberto-Ramirez. My parents came to Santa Ana from Guadalajara Mexico. I have ten siblings and am a middle child. There are five girl and five guys in my family. My family lives off of Edinger and Main Street. We are really close to Downtown Santa Ana. My first four years of school were at Edison before I moved to Segerstrom High School. I am currently a senior.
This year at Segerstrom High school all Seniors we were given a Senior Project which is a requirement to graduate. The senior projects were decided when a group of teachers from Economics to English got together to come up with the requirements. The project was given to my class to find a job that we wanted to do, find a place that does this work and then shadow the workers on this job for 10 hours. Our teachers put it on us to research what we would do and follow through to obtain the internship.
My brother and I are both artists. I like to draw, so when I was thinking of what to do for a career, I knew I wanted to do more than drawing. I didn't want to be an artist who is always hoping that someone would liked my work so I could sell it and make money. People told me to get into graphic design, but as I began to look into it, I liked advertising more. In advertising you have to really think about what you are drawing, how the images are portrayed, what the images mean to others. Overall advertising just seemed more strategic to me.
I chose the advertising profession for my senior project. I found the Truth Agency website leading me nearby in Downtown Santa Ana and liked what I saw online. I emailed the Truth agency and they got back to me quickly. Soon after, I called to meet with them. I remember the day I went in to meet them I didn't know what to wear, whether I should dress formally or casually. I went for something in the middle and hoped for the best. When I got to the Truth Agency I really like the environment, the building and feeling of the place was chill and really laid back. After meeting the advertising group they all seemed like good people to talk to and work with.
When I began shadowing, at the Truth Agency, I didn't know what to expect. I began by observing what others in the agency would do. Soon I began to take on small tasks they would assign me. Everything was interesting to me. I was most surprised by how while each person can work on one aspect of the design for an ad the group but are really working together collaboratively even if it is on different parts of the total design. When I would go back to school or home, I would tell my friends all about what I was doing at the Truth Agency. My friends thought it was interesting and each time after shadowing, I would learn more I would tell them more about it and what I was doing.
Looking forward, I am planning on going to Santa Ana College and while they are building a great arts and graphics program, I plan to get my general education requirements and then transfer to a University that specializes in Advertising.
If I had one thing I would tell other students about this internship process it would be: "For me... I always like to know about my neighborhood and where I grew up. I didn't' know that right outside my door one can discover how small little things, that you may never expect, hold great opportunity."
If you don't know the Logan Creative...
WELCOME TO SANTA ANA'S INDUSTIAL ARTS COMPLEX
Article by Ryan Smolar
A spiral staircase rises high above Logan Creative's gated entry, piquing interest and harkening back to the days when the property was a spiral staircase factory. Nowadays, the former factory is home to both the Blinking Owl Distillery and 11 talented artists who have found a working space in the heart of Santa Ana in mediums as diverse as metal, glass, wood, printmaking, paint, ceramic, photography, floral and graphic design.
Logan Creative is an industrial arts hub tucked in the historic Logan neighborhood on quiet Santiago Street near the Santa Ana Regiontal Transit Center and Santiago Artist Lofts.
On December 10, 2016, the artists held an open studio show, much like an open studio event at the Brewery or Bergamont Station in Los Angeles, welcoming visitors to see their art-making facilities and works on display. We had a great time touring the property, viewing the art, and speaking with the artists.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Bret Price, metal sculpture
Bret Price never got the memo that you have to act like a grown-up to be a world-famous artist. Bret has an exuberant Robert Redford smile and he marvels at his work with the energy of a child. Raw talent runs in the family: Bret's son Greg is a glass artist at Logan Creative, and Bret's father worked closely with Walt Disney. (Disney trivia: Disneyland's City Hall pays homage to Bret's father, "Buzz" Price, with the ornate window sign "Call on our Numbers Man for the Best Price!"). Bret's work has a well defined point of view. He works in metal pieces get as large as RVs that he twists and turns into frozen movement. Effortlessly twisted, giant red beams and spheres shocked out of frozen tracks of lighting make metal look like its as easy to bend as fuzzy pipe cleaners. But better yet, their playfulness and overwhelming scale puts a smile on your face as wide as Bret's.
Greg Price, glass sculpture
Greg Price is a prolific glass artist whose candy colored, multi-layered forms emulate nature exploding through glass, time and the fabric of reality itself. With the intensity of this work, it's hard to believe how laid-back he seems (and then you remember he's the son of Bret Price who really needs to write a book on work-life balance. I would read it!). Greg has expanded his space at Logan and it's well worth a visit just to check in with him and his amazing array of lava-like creations (especially at night when the lighting has the most impact).
Hiromi Takizawa, glass
Hiromi Takizawa is an incredible glass artist whose work represents natural forms. Each of these rocks is the result of an inverted glass-making process. It takes 7 days to produce a single rock. Hiromi descirbes the process sort of like making lasagna: With lots of layering of naturalistic patterns and textures, she can create flawless representations of nature.
Sal Perez, ceramics
Sal Perez, a ceramic artist and Board Member of the National Museum of Ceramic Arts, has been at Logan Creative since it launched. His workshop is filled with works of sublime beauty inspired by the Japanese aesthetics of wabi-sabi. (Most notably expressed in Japanese tea ware, wabi-sabi's elegance is said to represent three simple realites: that nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect.) Perez' cups balance precariously on natural forms, and seem to further represent the wabi-sabi principles by imparting what one scholar would call, "a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing."
Jordan Christian, painting
Jordan Christian is a classic abstract painter who loves the works of his 20th century forefathers. In the photos below, Jordan stands before a didatic work he created: He painted the left piece after returning from the desert, and the right while here in his urban home. Putting the two paintings next to each other creates an even more complex implant. Below, Jordan shows a piece called "Double Dipper," a piece he developed in two different periods. The final piece is a great representation of his work in that you can keep finding new meaning, beauty and expressions the longer you view it.
Eli Woodridge, sculpture
Eli Woodridge is an incredible mixed-media creator. Though he claims he built it to entertain himself while the glue was drying on another project, his tree-form drum set is beautiful -- and apparently a very effective way to kill time while glue dries. The gorgeous wall in the background was constructed for the LAB Anti-Mall, and the cool lighitng fixtures were a collaboration between Eli's wife and Logan Creative studio-mate Hiromi Takizawa.
Andrea Harris, printmaking
Andrea Harris is an incredibly talented printmaker, illustrator and educator. She has powerful lessons for any artist in being able to understand your role and duties to yourself and society as an artist. The insanely fun character creations from Andrea's recent show "You're Better with Butter," are all over her worksite as well as abstract multi-layered prints she mesemerizingly worked on with lightning speed. Andrea's husband and Santa Ana Arts Commissioner Mike McGee was hanging out in Andrea's studio, and shared wonderful stories of F Space Gallery and the Spurgeon Series (an event in the late 90s where dozens of artists took over unoccupied spaces in the Spurgeon Building for a showcase event). McGee hinted that a revival of this series for a third round would be fun.
Like Bergamont Station or the Brewery in Los Angeles, Orange County's Logan Creative is an intriguing workspace and collaboration hub. It is an amazing arts asset in its own right, and it adds another new dimension of work and space for Santa Ana's arts scene. We hope Logan Creative can do more on- and off-site events and that more people connect with these amazing artists and this incredible space.
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