Short Film Documentary on artist Carmen Papalia’s Mobility Device Performance @ GCAC

June 27, 2013


Artist Carmen Papalia started using a white cane when he began to lose his vision nearly ten years ago. For one day, through his performance piece titled Mobility Device, he replaced his cane with The Great Centurion Marching Band of Century High School, Santa Ana.

A short documentary film by Mickey Fisher on Papalia’s performance art project at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA:

Our sincere thanks to Scott Devoe and the Century High School Marching Band for helping to realize this performance!

More background on the artist and this performance can be found at:

Cog•nate Facilitates Family Night at Warwick Square

June 21, 2013

Last week we had the pleasure of working with Project Access at Warwick Square, to conduct an art-making activity for families as part of “Family Night” at the Warwick Square Apartments Family Resource Center. We asked families to think about their contributions to their community and create small models of what a monument to those contributions would look like.

Here are photos of some images of the workshop:


ImageImageSeveral of the works produced during the workshop are on view in the GCAC Education Gallery as part of Borderblaster (SNA). 


Many thanks to Veronica, and Tina at Project Access for assisting with the organization of this event!

Greetings from Cog•nate

June 21, 2013

Hi! We are Cog•nate Collective, the new Artists in Residence at GCAC!

We are very excited to have been invited to spend more time at GCAC and continue the work we have begun in downtown Santa Ana. For the last few months we have been developing a site-specific project documenting the history and the ongoing conflicts surrounding the redevelopment of downtown Santa Ana as part of the exhibition, “Divested Interest: Exchange Dialogues with Cog•nate Collective and Ramiro Gomez,” curated by Martha Rocha and Emily D. A. Tyler.

We look forward to a very productive residency, during which we will continue our collaborations with local cultural, educational, and nonprofit organizations to manifest projects and public programming that will serve and empower the community.

During our residency we will be contributing to the GCAC blog, so check back in the future for reports on what we’re up to.

Misael Diaz + Amy Sanchez

Cog•nate Collective


The Borderblaster (SNA) Mobile Listening Station blasting 4th Street on a busy Santa Ana afternoon.