Arts and Culture Commission

The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Santa Ana is comprised of seven members appointed by the City Council to advise on and advocate for initiatives that further the growth and sustainability of the arts and cultural community in Santa Ana. The Arts and Culture Commission was established on December 16, 2013, with its bylaws adopted on December 18, 2014. 

The Arts and Culture Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council and the City Manager, making recommendations on matters involving: 

  • Policies, priorities, and plans for the development and improvement of arts and culture activities in Santa Ana.
  • Coordinating with the private sector and other governmental agencies in promoting arts and culture as a tool for economic development.
  • Organizing and promoting activities which celebrate the City and its unique cultural heritage.
  • Encouraging the use of local artists in City public arts projects.
  • Guidelines for accepting, selecting, purchasing, commissioning, placing, and preserving art projects and other City art acquisitions, gifts, or extended loans of art.
  • Make recommendations to the City Council on deaccessioning of artworks. 

 

MEET YOUR COMMISSIONERS

 

Ward 1 (Sarmiento): Commissioner Adolfo Sierra, Vice Chair

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Commissioner Adolfo Sierra has lived in Santa Ana since 1994. He and his family live in the Madison Park neighborhood, and he has been on the board of the association since 2000. As a social worker for the County of Orange at the Social Services Agency, he serves Santa Ana and surrounding communities by assisting families in need and managing programs that provide temporary assistance while empowering families to become self-sufficient. He is a co-founder of Casa Guanajuato Santa Ana and has served as board member for Federation of Guanajuatenses in North America. He is also a Latino American Arts Council member at Bowers Museum. Commissioner Sierra had enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve, serving in California from 1999 to 2010. Presently, he is attending Santa Ana College pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Administration.

Occupation: Social Worker
Education: SAC, AS
First Appointed: May 05, 2018
Term Expires: December 08, 2020

 

Ward 2 (Penaloza): Commissioner Jennifer Oliva

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As a lifelong Santa Ana resident, Commissioner Jennifer Oliva is an educator and freelance professional in marketing and creative services. As a product of SAUSD, she went on to attend Orange Coast College where she studied music and composition as well as journalism and communication. She transferred to Cal State LA and graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Communication and Public Relations as well as an M.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Instructional and Strategic Communication. Commissioner Oliva wants to encourage and empower the community by focusing on inclusivity, arts, and education.

Occupation: Educator & Freelance
Education: OCC, AA - CSULA, BA & MA
First Appointed: January 15, 2019
Term Expires: December 13, 2022

 

Ward 3 (Solorio): Commissioner Rosa Garcia

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Raised in Santa Ana, Commissioner Rosa Garcia is currently an Adjunct Dance Instructor at Santa Ana College. For over 20 years, Commissioner Garcia has developed and helped develop dance programs for various local community colleges and local non-profit organizations. She is featured in "Rhythms of Peace" a film documentary, and in Elizabeth Turk's "Shoreline Project." She is the recipient of the Donald McKayle Medal Scholar from UCI and earned her MFA degree in Dance. She also earned a BA in Dance from CSU, Long Beach and studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School in New York on a scholarship.

Occupation: Adjunct Dance Instructor
Education: CSULB, BA - UCI, MFA
First Appointed: January 17, 2017
Term Expires: December 08, 2020

 

Ward 4 (Vacant): Vacant

 

Ward 5 (Villegas): Commissioner Jessica Cha, Chair

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Commissioner Jessica B. Cha has been involved with the Arts and Culture Commission since her appointment in 2017 and currently serves as its chair. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and Senior Trial Attorney at Holstrom, Block and Parke, APLC. Commissioner Cha is a seasoned litigator who vigorously represents her clients in all aspects of family law cases including divorce, custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, and division of assets/debts. She resides near Cabrillo Park and is active in many professional and community organizations, including serving as the Secretary of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association. Commissioner Cha is a strong believer in civic engagement and being active in one's own community as well as being passionate about empowering and encouraging youth participation. 

Occupation: Attorney at Law
Education: UCSD, B.A - Syracuse University College of Law, J.D
First Appointed: March 21, 2017
Term Expires: December 08, 2020

 

Ward 6 (Iglesias): Commissioner Everlena Oliver

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Commissioner Everlena Oliver has been a nurse (BSN) since 1987 and has worked as a special education teacher from 1997 to 2014, teaching US History at Santa Ana High School. Since 2013, she has been volunteering for a jail ministry at the Women's Central Jail in Santa Ana. She started this school year as a volunteer for Christian release time education at Martin Luther Elementary School through Calvary Chapel and Pastor Cota. Commissioner Oliver grew up and attended school in Laguna Beach from 1st through 12th grade, and has lived in Santa Ana for 55 years. She is married and has six adult children. 

Occupation: Retired Nurse
Education:  SAC, AA, LVN & RN - CSUF, BSN & MA
First Appointed: December 18, 2018
Term Expires: December 13, 2022

 

Mayoral Representative: Vacant