New Gallery at Santa Ana Arts Collective

S/A. Exhibitions (SAE), an independent gallery led by curator Maurizzio Hector Pineda, will open November 1 in a 1,000 square foot space in the new Santa Ana Arts Collective (SAAC), located at 1666 North Main Street in Santa Ana. SAAC, operated by Santa Ana Arts Collective, L.P., and developed by Meta Housing Corporation, is a 58-unit, 55-year tax credit-supported, affordable housing residence for low-income working artist households that opened its doors to tenants in July 2020.

SAAC licensed its gallery space to SAE to establish a year-round program of exhibitions, artist talks, and other activities open to SAAC residents and the general public free of charge. Arts Orange County (ArtsOC) partnered with SAAC on the program, and secured a grant from the California Arts Council, a State Agency, to support partial programmatic expenses during the gallery's first two years of operations.

"Santa Ana Arts Collective (SAAC) is the first affordable housing for artists in Orange County, and we are eager to help it succeed as a model for more to come," commented ArtsOC President and CEO Richard Stein. "Meta Housing, which has developed similar projects elsewhere in the region, invited ArtsOC to partner with SAAC by helping guide its efforts to launch an on-site art gallery and connect with the robust Santa Ana arts community. In 2019, ArtsOC received a grant from the California Arts Council's Creative California Communities Program for that purpose. We are proud to be working with noted gallerist Maurizzio Hector Pineda in inaugurating the gallery--he is a Santa Ana native who has now returned home after early career successes as an artist and curator in San Francisco and Los Angeles."

Pineda has planned the following first year schedule of five solo artist exhibitions (more details may be found here):
*             November 1 - December 27, 2020: Christian Spruell  
*             January - March, 2021: Nao Bustamante
*             April 8 - June 27, 2021: Ricardo Rivera
*             June 8 - September 26, 2021: Sergio De La Torre
*             October 7, 2021 - January 2, 2022: Guillermo Galindo
Exhibitions will be augmented by artist talks, community programs, and developing opportunities for artists residing at SAAC to meet members of and share their work with other artists from Santa Ana and beyond.

S/A. Exhibitions is located at 1666 North Main Street (corner of 17th Street), Santa Ana. There is metered street parking on Sycamore Street.

The gallery will be open beginning November 1, Thursdays through Sundays, 11:30 am to 5 pm, and by appointment: swys.projects@gmail.com.

For the safety of everyone, COVID-19 protocols are in place requiring that face masks be worn at all times in the gallery and limiting occupancy of the gallery.
New Initiative Signs-on with ArtsOC as Fiscal Sponsor

Artist Safespaces is an idea that started when Costa Mesa artistic visionary Salina Mendoza was working alongside local government to provide safespaces in every park for artists to do art without getting tickets or getting arrested. It turned into a model to designate public and private safespaces for artists to do live art for free. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Artist Safespaces is also attempting to assist professional artists who lost work as a result of event and performance cancellations by helping them recoup some cash with virtual tips. Artists Safespaces recently signed on for fiscal sponsorship services from ArtsOC to help advance its goals.

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Meet S/A. Exhibitions Gallerist

Maurizzio Hector Pineda is a curator who currently lives and works in Santa Ana, where he grew up.
His most recent curatorial post was at the Torrance Art Museum (TAM). During his tenure at the museum, he co-curated "The Gildless Age," 2016, and developed the 2017 SUR: Biennial exhibition "The Cuban Matrix," with a focus on Cuban contemporary art. This project was part of the celebrated Getty Foundation exploration of Latino and Latin-American art Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Pineda received his undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2000. From 2001-2005 he was the owner and director of SWYS Gallery in Long Beach, CA, and has worked at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and for Regen Project in Beverly Hills.
He has curated exhibitions for Togonon Gallery in San Francisco, was a visiting curator at The Tree House Gallery in Los Angeles, curator in residence at the NLE Curatorial Lab where he co-curated "The Only Way Out Is Through (NYC)" in 2014, and Curatorial Director at The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art in San Francisco from 2009-2012.
ArtsOC Awards $15,787 to 8 OC Arts Programs from CAC CARES Act
Arts Orange County has awarded grants to eight (8) local arts programs that primarily serve communities of color (BIPOC). This program is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the California Arts Council, a state agency.
Recipient organizations include:
AHRI Center, a project of Tides Center - Garden Grove - $2,000
New Hope Presbyterian Church - Anaheim - $2,000
RYTMO - Reaching Youth Through Music Opportunities - Anaheim - $2,000
The Rock - Anaheim - $1,787
Second Baptist Church - Santa Ana - $2,000
The Silence is Broken - Monarch Beach - $2,000
Viet Cam Dance - Westminster - $2,000
Oversight for the grant process was by Arts Orange County's Board of Directors Cultural Equity Task Force whose members include: Dr. Stephen Barker, Dean, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine; Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, Curator, Southeast Asian Archive, University of California, Irvine; Scott Fitzpatrick, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education; Sara Guerrero, Founder and Artistic Director, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble; Tim Shaw, President, Tim Shaw and Associates; Debora Wondercheck, Founder & Executive Director, Arts & Learning Conservatory.

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