Successful “Burial” of the Time Capsule!

July 14, 2014

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Grand Central Art Center held a time capsule “burial” event and reception this past Saturday, July 12th, in association with artist Daniel Tucker’s GCAC artist in residence project Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country.

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Daniel was joined during the day by Los Angeles based filmmaker Emily Forman, who was there at the ceremony to help document the event and individual interviews, and GCAC Director John D. Spiak, who assisted with the “burial” of the capsule.

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The artists overall project was inspired from a speech by former US President and then California State Governor, Ronald Reagan, as he was Addressing the Republican National Convention in 1976, encouraged individuals to look toward the future.

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The ten year Santa Ana Time Capsule is a collaboration among the community, artist, GCAC and Santa Ana Public Library’s History Room, organized by Daniel and library archivist Manny Escamilla. Members of the community were encouraged to attend the event and contribute items to the time capsule they felt helps to answer the question “What is Santa Ana like in 2014?”

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In Daniel’s research, he discovered that many time capsules are buried, and then become forgotten. In an attempt to prevent this from happening, instead of an actual burial, it was decided that the capsule would be hoisted in a more publically visible space of the Grand Central Art Center where it will remain for the next ten years. The capsule is secured with three individual locks, with the artist, library and GCAC in possession of the keys to an individual lock. In the year 2024, all three keys will be brought back together, the capsule will be lowered, each of the three locks removed by their responsible individual, and the contents revealed at a public ceremony.

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We look forward to having you join us at GCAC in 2024 as we come together to celebrate the time capsule!

Daniel is in the process of editing a film documenting his research, process and travels during his GCAC artist-in-residence, as well as a publication with critical writing from multiple perspectives, so we will keep you posted as these develop.


Time Capsule Ceremony on 7/12 @ 12noon – In association with Daniel Tucker’s Future Perfect

July 9, 2014

What’s happening in Santa Ana in 2014?

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To be sealed in a ceremony on July 12th, 2014 @ 12noon

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Grand Central Art Center is collaborating with the Santa Ana Public Library’s History Room to “bury” a 10-year time capsule on July 12th at 12pm. The ceremony will take place at Grand Central Art Center, in association with Daniel Tucker’s artists in residence project Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country.

Time capsules are like a little treasure chest that we send off for future generations to enjoy. They can help future generations understand questions like: Who lived here? What were they doing? What was important to them?. The time capsule will be buried at the GCAC for 10 years and then replaced with another capsule after it is opened.

Initiated as part of the Grand Central Art Center artist in residence program by Daniel Tucker, in collaboration with the Teen Historians program and Manuel J. Escamilla.

The time capsule is to be opened on July 13th, 2024.

The chest will be secured with three locks. Opening will require three keys, one housed at the Santa Ana Public Library, one at GCAC and another in the hands of artist Daniel Tucker.

We look forward to having you join us!


Andy Warhol Foundation Awards GCAC $100,000

July 2, 2014

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Grant to support Grand Central Art Center
Artist-in-Residence Program

Santa Ana, California, July 1, 2014 – Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant (over two years) from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support its artist-in-residence program.

“It is an honor for Grand Central Art Center to receive funding support from this important foundation that continues to focus its resources on forward-thinking institutions, initiatives and artists,” said GCAC’s Director and Chief Curator, John D. Spiak.

The Warhol Foundation’s grant making activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

GCAC’s artist-in-residence program is artist driven, with a focus on discovery, creative process and relationships through collaborative and socially engaged practices. “The generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation’s financial support provides the opportunity for the Grand Central Art Center to continue forward momentum for the artist-in-residence program, empowering artists to realize their visions,” Spiak said.

Residency lengths are determined on a project-by-project basis. GCAC residencies to date have lasted from three weeks to longer than a year, including the ongoing project by Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz) currently moving into year two. Residencies are not required to occur on-site, but provide the openness and opportunity for projects to be realized at off-site locations throughout the community, region and beyond.

GCAC presently is partnering with Social Practices Art Network (SPAN) on a new podcast series. Carol A. Stakenas, SPAN curator, will be interviewing artists and collectives that are participating in GCAC’s artist-in-residency program, with numerous conversations from the time artists are invited through the completion of their residency. This project is dedicated to capturing and cultivating creative voices in the field to deepen critical understanding and share methodologies.

Artists confirmed to realize projects through an artist-in-residence with Grand Central Art Center include: Lisa Bielawa, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Aida Šehović, Joseph Delappe, and Vincent Goudreau.

Presently in residence/exhibition, through her Wild Times off-site journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, is artist Susan Robb. Upcoming artist-in-residence event activities include: Daniel Tucker‘s ongoing project Future Perfect: Times Capsules in Reagan Country, returning July 11-13 to present a time capsule ceremony in collaboration with the Teen Program of the Santa Ana Public Library; Heather Layton and Brian Bailey’s ongoing project 59 Days of Independence, returning August 8-17 to present a project in collaboration with students from Orange County School of the Arts, Orange County Pakistani Parents Association, and youth in Pakistan via Skype – with materials presented in Spanish, English, and Urdu.

About Grand Central Art Center
Established in 1999 as a joint venture with the City of Santa Ana, Grand Central Art Center, a unit of California State University at Fullerton’s College of the Arts, is dedicated to the investigation and promotion of contemporary art and visual culture: regionally, nationally, and internationally through unique collaborations among artists, students and the community.

The Grand Central Art Center Artist-in-Residence program provides a dedicated apartment and studio to creative individuals through the invitation of the center’s director/curatorial team. The current emphasis of the residency program focuses on artists working in social engaged practices. GCAC residencies provide time and space away from one’s normal work environment and community, creating the opportunity for expanded collaboration, exchange, growth, resources, knowledge and discovery.

MORE INFORMATION ON GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER CAN BE FOUND AT GRANDCENTRALARTCENTER.WORDPRESS.COM


Daniel Tucker – Artist in Residence Activities / Future Perfect Update

May 13, 2014

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Artist In Residence Daniel Tucker has been busy making progress on his research for a new project. Future Perfect is shaping up to have a few different components: a web presence, a video, and a publication.

Since our last update, Tucker has met with Manny Escamilla from the Santa Ana Public Library’s History Room to start planning a time capsule here locally. He has also done video shoots at three sites related to Ronald Reagan and/or time capsules in Southern California: Ronald Reagan Sports Park (Temecula), the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library (Simi Valley), and Bonita Canyon Sports Park (Newport Beach), and two in Northern California: the CSEA Grove at the College of the Redwoods (Eureka) – formerly known as “Governor’s Grove”, and the time capsule walkway at UC Davis (Davis). On his recent research/lecture tour he visited the California State Archives (Sacramento), UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library (Berkeley), and the Ronald Reagan Library A/V collection (Simi Valley).

When not digging into his Future Perfect project, Tucker is also using his residency to put the finishing touches on two books: Unfurlings (about his collaborative research with Rebecca Zorach on the never-the-same.org project) and Immersive Life Practices, a collection of newly commissioned essays (with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) documenting the intersections of art, ethics and ecology. This weekend he heads back to Chicago for a brief visit to co-organize An Artists’ Congress (with Susy Bielak and Michael Rakowitz), a one day event and symposium at Northwestern University‘s The Block Museum.

When Tucker returns he will dig into the second phase of his residency, focusing on finishing the website that will house the different facets of this project and beginning editing on the video and publication that will result from this research. On May 24th there will be a closing reception for the group exhibition featuring Tucker’s research for Future Perfect at Commonwealth & Council gallery (Los Angeles).



SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY/ GCAC COLLABORATION RECEIVES $10,000 CAL HUMANITIES 2013 COMMUNITY STORIES GRANT!

January 14, 2013

Lara Montagne, Marco, GCAC Artist in Residence Jules Rochielle, and Manny Escamilla of the Santa Ana Public Library - planning meeting @ The Grain Project in Jerome Park, Townsend/Raitt neighborhood.

Lara Montagne, Marco, GCAC Artist in Residence Jules Rochielle, and Manny Escamilla of the Santa Ana Public Library – planning meeting @ The Grain Project in Jerome Park, Townsend/Raitt neighborhood.

Cal Humanities has recently announced the 2013 Community Stories grant awardees. The Santa Ana Public Library has been awarded $10,000 for its project entitled The Raitt St. Chronicles: A Survivors Oral History.

Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together.

To accomplish these goals, the Santa Ana Public Library will partner with California State University Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, working through GCAC Artist in Residence Jules Rochielle, CSUF American Studies Lecturer Sharon Sekhon and artist/education Christina Sanchez, to train teens to collect oral histories from the Townsend/Raitt neighborhood. An additional academic partner on the project will be Ana Elizabeth Rosas, Assistant Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, School of Social Sciences, Assistant Professor, History, School of Humanities and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chicano-Latino Studies at University of California, Irvine. Project mentors will train youth participants to collect, archive, and share the underreported stories of survival from one of Santa Ana’s most at-risk communities. Over the course of 12 months the participants will record video interviews with survivors of violence and make them available on various social media websites. These will serve as the basis of a 15-minute mini-documentary on the history of the neighborhood that will be presented in various local venues as well as online.

“With our state’s incredible diversity, fostering communication and connecting people to a range of ideas is vital for our general welfare,” said Ralph Lewin, president and CEO of Cal Humanities. “Our grant award enables awardees to pursue the important work of engaging new audiences in conversations around stories of significance to Californians.”

Since 2003, Cal Humanities has supported approximately 400 story projects and granted over $2.8 million to enable communities to voice, record, and share histories – many previously untold or little known. Through video, photography, murals, zines, documentary theater, audio projects, and more, these collected stories have been shared with broad audiences, both live and virtual. Cal Humanities is an independent non-profit state partner of the National endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit http://www.calhum.org.

THE SANTA ANA PUBLIC LIBRARY IS LOCATED AT: 26 CIVIC CENTER PLAZA (corner of Civic Center and Ross)


KEEPING ACTIVE @ GCAC!

September 18, 2012

Over the past few months, Grand Central Art Center, through Artist in Residence Jules Rochielle, has been actively working on developing a collaborative project with the Santa Ana Public Library.   The proposal, titled The Raitt Street Chronicles, will be an oral histories project that deals with recording of stories of the survivors of violence.  Centered around a neighborhood known as the Townsend district in Santa Ana, the artist and GCAC are work collaboratively with the Santa Ana Public Library administrative team, Cheryl Eberly and Manny Escamilla, and teen program “young historians”, as well as Sharon Sekhon, PhD, Professor in Cal State University Fullerton‘s American Studies program. The recorded oral histories and video components will be archived at the Santa Ana Public Library and will be developed into a visual/sound art component exhibited through GCAC.

As a part of the process, collaborative partnerships with community organizations are being developed and strengthened in hopes of greater outreach and mutually beneficial outcomes.  Late last week, we had the great fortune to visit The Grain Project‘s community and teaching garden at Jerome Park in central Santa Ana.  We met with The Grain Project‘s Co-Founder & Executive Director Lara Montagne and were provided a complete tour of the garden by local community expert Marco.  Marco shared so much valuable knowledge, providing insight into each plant’s characteristics and health benefits.  A remarkable tour by a truly passionate individual!

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We had the opportunity to walk the surrounding neighborhood, hear directly from Manny about his experiences growing up on these streets, and connected with artists currently working on a public mural with The Grain Project.  It was an amazing afternoon and has helped us to continue to develop new partnerships towards the realization of The Raitt Street Chronicles.

@ The Grain Project – Lara Montagne, Marco, Jules Rochielle, Manuel (Manny) J. Escamilla

Saturday afternoon, the Tijuana based team from bulbo collective, Omar Foglio, José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Ana Paola Rodriguez and Blanca España, arrived for a short residency at Grand Central Art Center.  This was their first site visit to the Center and provided an opportunity for a tour of our institution and a walking tour of Downtown Santa Ana.  GCAC brought bulbo to town to screen their feature film Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil).  As we walked the town, we talked about possible collaborative projects through a future extended residency, so we will keep you posted as that conversation continues to move forward.

On Sunday, after an early afternoon sound and visual check, we screened Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil).  The bulbo collective project film was screened in association with the OC Film Fiesta, through the collaborative effort of the Fiesta’s Director Sandra “Pocha” Peña and Creative Director Victor Payan, at The Yost Theater.  GCAC would like to thank OC Film Fiesta, and especially like to thank the generosity of The Yost Theater Owner Dennis Lluy and his amazing team.

Sound check for Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) screening @ The Yost

Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) screening @ The Yost

Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) screening @ The Yost

The documentary follows Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes, as she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces. The screening was truly a moving experience, an emotional journey of spirit, joy and family.  A quality audience was on hand who clearly appreciated the film, staying for 45-minutes following the screening to ask questions of the filmmakers.

OC Film Fiesta Creative Director Victor Payan leads discussion with Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) Co-Director José Luis Figueroa Lewis and Producer Omar Foglio Almada @ The Yost

After the question and answer session, individuals had the opportunity to see works by Herlinda, and fellow Purepecha potters, who are now using lead-free glazes, on display in front of The Yost.

Community viewing works by Herlinda and fellow Purepecha potters @ The Yost

Blanca España, Omar Foglio, John Spiak, Jose Luis Figueroa, Victor Payan, Sandra “Pocha” Peña @ The Yost

Community viewing works by Herlinda and fellow Purepecha potters @ The Yost

Omar Foglio, John Spiak, Jose Luis Figueroa, Blanca España, Ana Paola Rodriguez @ The Yost

Grand Central Art Center thanks all those who attended the evening and each of our collaborative partners for their continued support of our programs and activities.