We, the undersigned, support the request for a binding agreement to protect the public investment in the Santora Arts Building as a professional artist's facility and preserve the quality of life in the Artists Village. As citizens of Santa Ana, business owners, tax payers and Artist Village patrons, we also support discrimination-free access to publicly funded art resources, ongoing support of individual artists, and additional investment for artist-driven businesses within the historic Santora Arts Building.
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PETITION FOR PRESERVING THE ARTS IN SANTA ANA
Over the last 20 years, Downtown Santa Ana has built a national reputation as a City for the Arts. Key to this endeavor has been the substantial investment of public money in the historic Santora Arts Building and the Santa Ana Artists Village. Over one million dollars in public redevelopment funds were invested in the effort to create a professional hub for artists and an enriching cultural space for Santa Ana’s families and Orange County’s diverse population.
After all this work, the visionary goal of making Santa Ana a destination for art is finally becoming a reality, attracting world-renowned artists from around the globe to the Santora and arts organizations like Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) and the Santa Ana College (SAC) Arts Gallery. Programs at the Artists Village receive recognition at the national level, and the vibrant variety of restaurants and shops make the Artists Village Promenade a welcoming destination for diverse visitors from all walks of life.
In April, Santa Ana’s artist community learned that the Santora Arts Building, the crowning jewel of the Artists Village, was being sold to Irvine-based NewSong Church, which announced plans to turn the building into a worship center for their religious and missionary work. These plans would irreparably harm the economy, purpose and quality of life of the Artists Village.
In an effort to protect the public investment in the Artists Village, the arts community of Downtown Santa Ana is requesting that NewSong Pastor Dave Gibbons, current Santora owner Mike Harrah, the City of Santa Ana and any potential buyers, sign a binding agreement to safeguard the public trust and uphold the two decades of public investment in the Santora that created a thriving arts center in the heart of downtown Santa Ana. UASA also seeks written assurance that the historic Santora Arts Building will never gutted or structurally altered.
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All donated funds will go to support our promotional efforts, retain council, and finance our upcoming Santora Arts Building Anniversary Celebration this July.
** WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !! **