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Another Active Weekend @ Grand Central Art Center!

It was another active weekend at Grand Central Art Center!  Saturday was an action packed day of engaged events and programs for a diverse range of audience.

Throughout the center were activities for children of all ages, as GCAC participated in the county-wide IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!  Our team, along with our tenant/collaborative partners MASKA Architectural Studio, Belly Sprout and Road Less Traveled, organized hands-on activities stations inside and outside the center for a day of fun.

imagination celebration banner outside GCAC

imagination celebration group inside GCAC

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imagination celebration group inside GCAC over craft desk

As part of the IMAGINATION CELEBRATION!, dancers from the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute delighted our patrons with their mastery.  They shared both solo and group dances, than opened their stage with audience members to teach some amazing moves.

dancers from the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute

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dancers from the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute hands raised

dancers from the Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco Institute group photo

Outside, on GCAC’s 2nd Street promenade and along Sycamore Street, the 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW was presented by ACES Car Club.  The event included cars, music, food and vendors.  People loved the great bands, the amazing cars and talking with the car owners about their rides.

9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW live band

green car at 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW

purple car at 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW

bass balance 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW

trailer for 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW

live music at 9TH ANNUAL HOT ROD RESURRECTION CAR SHOW

Saturday afternoon provided an opportunity for deep discussion and exchange through the panel OCCUPY EDUCATION: SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!, organized by GCAC resident Bonnie Massey.  The panel included Alan Emery (Prof. of Sociology @ CSUF) presenting: Successes and failures of democratic social movements in South Africa and Steve Jobbitt (Prof. of History @ CSUF) presenting: Reviving the Left.  Jules Rochielle (Artist in Residence @ GCAC) was present to record individual perspectives on the subject for her current project What is Democracy?

OCCUPY EDUCATION: SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE! meeting

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The evening capped off with individuals from Santa Ana’s Fisher Park, West Floral Park and Floral Park neighborhoods joining us for their NIGHT ON THE TOWN event in downtown Santa Ana.  It was a chance for individuals to get together, meet new friends and see our current exhibitions, all while sharing drinks and dessert.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN event

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NIGHT ON THE TOWN event group photo

NIGHT ON THE TOWN event couple

NIGHT ON THE TOWN event pouring wine

NIGHT ON THE TOWN event smiley couple

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Just another active, engaged and diverse weekend of programming here at Grand Central Art Center!