Wonderful Day of Celebration @ GCAC

August 15, 2014

Yesterday, Grand Central Art Center hosted an event celebrating Pakistan Independence Day, organized by artists-in-residence Heather Layton and Brian Bailey, part of their current year long project 59 Days of Independence. They are here in residency through the generous funding support of the GCAC artist-in-residency program provided by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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The day including a “Malala Trilingual Book Reading for Kids,” with children’s stories of Pakistani-American and Mexican-American culture read in Spanish, Urdu and English, with projections of the illustrations.

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Recent Orange County School for the Arts student Miguel Pulido (Class of 2014, beginning Pitzer College this fall) helped to organize the activities, as well as participated in the reading and performed on guitar. His contributions to the event brought a joyful spirit and energy through music.

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The afternoon provided an opportunity to view an assortment of craft objects that reflect the development of Pakistani visual culture from traditional to contemporary. A hands-on activity table was set-up within the space, with both children and adults sharing their creative skills. Delicious traditional food for all in attendance was available from Noorani Halal Restaurant.

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In addition to Heather, Brian and Miguel, Grand Central Art Center thanks the following individuals for making the celebration possible:
Ifra Khoso, Sheba Akhtar, Almas Asif, Farhan Aziz, Anila Ali, Monica Mouet, Pam Solorzano and the Irvine Pakistani Parents’ Association.

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We concluded the day with a GCAC Dutch Treat Dinner at The Robbins Nest Wine Bar here in downtown Santa Ana. A great group of individuals, including CSUF grad students and faculty members, four current GCAC artists-in-residence, a curator and artist coming down for the night from Los Angeles and many of our creative collaborative community members, all joining us for the event. Thanks to Lisa Robbins and her wonderful team for allowing us to take over a big part of her restaurant for the evening of great conversations and connections!

We thank you all for your continued support of GCAC and look forward to having you join us for upcoming programs and receptions.


Pakistan Independence Day Celebration & Dutch Treat Dinner (Aug. 14) – 59 Days of Independence Project @ Grand Central Art Center

August 7, 2014

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Earlier this year, Heather Layton and Brian Bailey joined us as artists in residence, here to realize programs through their current project 59 Days of Independence. Throughout 2014, a vast network of artists, musicians, dancers, authors, filmmakers and community members from around the globe are celebrating the independence days of 59 countries that once gained freedom from British rule. The most important part of the project is that they are all celebrating for countries OTHER than their own. In January, they celebrated Burma’s 66th independence day on JANUARY 4TH at GCAC by giving away 66 hand-painted lanterns.

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PAKISTAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION @ 2PM, THURSDAY, AUGUST 14TH

This week Heather and Brian return as GCAC artists in residence, developing a project celebrating Pakistan’s 67th independence day on AUGUST 14th, with a “Malala Trilingual Book Reading for Kids”. The celebration will include a trilingual reading of three selected picture books (approx. ages 4-8). The 1st and 3rd will teach about aspects of Pakistani-American culture and the 2nd will teach about aspects of Mexican-American culture. The books will be read in Spanish, Urdu and English with projections of the illustrations on the wall. We will transform the room into a colorful and intriguing space reflecting Pakistan’s rich visual culture. There will be a food table with small samplings from a local Pakistani restaurant. Also onsite will be an assortment of craft objects that show the development of Pakistani visual culture from traditional to contemporary. Funding in support of this GCAC residency is provided by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

In January, during the First Saturday Art Walk, Heather and Brian met and began a conversation with Orange County School for the Arts student Miguel Pulido (now an alum of OCSA, Class of 2014). Miguel was excited about their project and they began a dialogue about collaboration toward this current project. Miguel was instrumental in the development of this program and is connecting the project with additional students and alum of OCSA to get them involved, including Monica Mouet and Pam Solorzano who assisted with the early development.

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Through these collaborative efforts a relationship was established with the Irvine Pakistani Parents’ Association, through its members Ifra Khoso, Sheba Akhtar, Almas Asif, Farhan Aziz and Anila Ali, who are actively collaborating on the program of celebration on August 14th here at Grand Central Art Center.

DUTCH TREAT DINNER @ 7PM, THURSDAY, AUGUST 14TH
@ THE ROBBINS NEST WINE BAR

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The event will be followed that evening by a GCAC DUTCH TREAT DINNER, beginning 7pm at The Robbins Nest Wine Bar here in Downtown Santa Ana, 207 West 2nd Street. The artists and many of their collaborators will be at the event to connect further with those in attendance. DUTCH TREAT DINNER are an opportunity to build new connections, reconnect with those you know and develop a stronger community of creative individuals. Unlike a gala or formal dinner event, DTD has no set menu, ticket price or seating arrangement – you order straight from the standard menu, attend for free and sit with those you wish. Individuals attending are responsible for their own dinner bill, hence the name DUTCH TREAT DINNER. There is no pressure – you eat and drink what you order and can afford.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU JOIN US IN CELEBRATION!

Here are the details on the program…

Malala Yousafzai ke baray mein kutub Beeni,
Bachon ke liye teen zabano mein

Thursday, August 14, 2:00pm
Grand Central Art Center
125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana

Un evento que celebra el dia de independencia de Pakistan con música, comida y una lectura a voz alta trilingüe de libros infantiles cuales demuestran la belleza de la diversidad cultural. / A free event that celebrates Pakistan’s independence day with music, food, and a trilingual reading of three picture books that demonstrate the beauty of cultural diversity.

Daaqula muft aura am hae / Gratis e Abierto Al Publico.

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WE LOVE OUR CSUF AND SANTA ANA COMMUNITIES!

October 9, 2012

Weekends are busy at Grand Central Art Center and we have plans to keep it that way!

This past Saturday, we began our new series of panel and gallery talks to kick-off the Santa Ana Art Walk evenings.  At 5pm, we presented CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTERS: PANEL 1, a series of panels that place current Cal State University Fullerton MFA students working on degrees is specific medium or practice, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that practice, as well as in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that practice.

The first of this series focused on the practice of painting.  CSUF MFA in Painting, Sara Dehghan, lead the conversation with fellow panelists artist Tony de los Reyes (current GCAC exhibiting artist of Border Theory), and Deb Klowden Mann, owner of Gallery/KM in Santa Monica.  They talked about the current gallery structures, how to and how not to approach galleries in terms of representation, the struggles of post graduation for an artist, and much more.  The speakers were insightful, knowledgable and extremely generous through the conversation, setting the bar extremely high as this series continues.  The next panel is scheduled for Nov. 3 and will focus on the practice of Public Art, an announcement will be coming soon.  Thank you to Sara for preparing such fantastic lead questions and engaged follow-ups.  Thank you Deb and Tony for your time and energy, we know the audience truly felt rewarded.

At 6pm, we followed the panel with a gallery talk by GCAC exhibiting artist Erin Morrison, whose current exhibition Meditative Action is on exhibition in our Education Gallery.  Erin toured patrons through the exhibition, talking about each work in the show and sharing her insights into process, theory and vision for the overall work.  She shared insight into her current status as an MFA candidate at UCLA, her influences from both life and the artistic field, the growth of her current work, and her thoughts as the work moves forward.  A very inspiring talk, so please join us in thanking Erin for this opportunity to engage the work so deeply.

At the conclusion of Erin’s talk, it was time for the Art Walk activities.  The community joined us for the evening and the opportunity to see the exhibitions by Tony de los Reyes, Erin Morrison and the video installation Event Horizon by Constantin Hartenstein.  Many were on hand to see the exhibitions after reading the excellent review of Border Theory in the current edition of the OC Weekly.  We are thankful to Gustavo Arellano for such a positive review.

Along with the openings, we were joined onsite by individuals who are working with us to build an even stronger and healthier arts community.  Rebecca Tuynman and her team from Ryman Arts were on hand with a Wishing Tree drawing activity.  Grand Central Art Center and the CSUF College of the Arts have been in dialogue with Ryman over the past few month in development of a greater project, for which we hope to announce in the coming weeks, so please keep posted.

Claremont Graduate University Arts Management student Alē McGrew was here working on her cap-stone project, a semester long engagement research project involving Grand Central Art Center.  Alē is working with GCAC towards a better understanding of our audience, answering basic questions like:  Who is GCAC’s audience?  How does GCAC monitor and understand our audience behavior?  How does GCAC engage and cultivate their audience?  How can GCAC work to better serve our audience?  To date, the insights she has provided has been invaluable.

Saturday evening also marked opening weekend for this semesters Grand Central Art Center Theatre season.  Managed and programmed by CSUF’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the 85 seat black box theatre presents an outstanding series of programs annually.  The season kicked-off with a sell-out audience to Ordinary Day’s.  The musical will continue to run through October 20, so purchase your tickets now and find out about upcoming Grand Central Art Center Theatre offerings on the Department of Theatre and Dance website: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/gcac/theatre.html

On Sunday, Grand Central Art Center hosted a Farmers Market community forum, organized and moderated by Delilah Snell of The Road Less Traveled.  A very diverse group of individuals came together to discuss the topic, past farmers markets in Santa Ana, structures that might need to be put into place to organize such a market, community groups whose voice should be at the table and the overall desire to get a Farmers Market in the Santa Ana community as rapidly as possible.  It was clear, there was true knowledge, diverse perspective and passion in the room, and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to receive such wonderful insight.  By the end of the meeting it was clear –  if we can all work together to put past issues aside and unite in positive ways, we can collectively create something amazing – that is what we at GCAC would love to see most of all. Then we believe the next step would be, a well organized, well respected, serving everyone, Farmers Market!  Thank you Delilah for making this happen and thank you to everyone who attended and provided feedback.

And throughout the day Monday, the sounds of drumbeats, piano, violin and clarinet are booming from our GCAC Theatre space, as artist in residence Brent Green and his collaborator Mike McGinley of Bitter Tears, work to develop and record the soundtrack for Green’s next feature film.  It is joyous and ambitious energy drifting through our walls, and we are so truly grateful to have these two extremely talented individuals among us.

Brent and Mike, along with Tim Rutili (Califone), Tim Hurley (Califone), Mike McGinley (Bitter Tears), Jacquelyn Gordon (artist), and Jim Skuldt (artist), will be performing the live soundtrack with Green’s feature length Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then this Friday, October 12 at 7pm.  The event is FREE TO ATTEND and is a collaborative presentation with the Orange County School for the Arts.  Complete details can be found on our blog at: https://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/brent-green-film-with-live-performed-soundtrack-oct-12-7pm/ 

WE LOVE BEING PART OF OUR CAL STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON AND SANTA ANA COMMUNITY!!!