We Believe in diversity, inclusivity, and community.

 

Community Engagement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Southern California.  Founded in 2015, we have grown to serve communities in Phoenix, Portland, San Jose and Santa Ana.

Our mission is to stimulate positive social interaction in diverse communities through innovative and socially motivated art practice.  We seek togetherness by creatively exploring our shared spaces through the medium of socially engaged art.

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Credit: Lisa Mangum and Jason Levian,  Independent Publishing Resource Center , Portland, OR

Credit: Lisa Mangum and Jason Levian, Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland, OR

 
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JONATHAN B. WEBB - CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Jonathan Webb, Chief Philanthropy Officer and President Emeritus of Affordable Housing Access, has over 35 years experience in the development of residential real estate. He began his career with American Development Corporation and later, as a Development Manager with Forest City Enterprises, he produced low and moderate income senior housing financed or insured by HUD, as well as conventionally financed apartments. In addition, he has extensive experience in the development, acquisition and rehab of affordable for-sale housing throughout Southern California.

In 1999 Webb co-founded Project Access, Inc., (www.Project-Access.org)a nonprofit whose mission is to provide on-site education and other social services to low-income residents of affordable rental communities. Webb continues to serve as Board Chair.

In 2007 Webb recieved United Way's Dan Donahue Award for his support of children and youth of Orange County. In 2011 he was a recipient of the Bank of America's "Local Hero" award and an honored participant in the Orange County Community Foundation's "On Purpose" project celebrating non-profit leaders.

Most recently he was honored with WISEPlace's 2019 Lukens Legacy Award for his efforts to provide housing and hope to homeless women in Orange County.

He is a member and past Treasurer of the Grand Central Art Forum Board of Directors, a member of the Grand Central Art Centers Director's Circle, and is also an advisary board member of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

Mr. Webb is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law.

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Madeleine Spencer

Madeleine Spencer lives in Santa Ana, California. She graduated with a BA in Philosophy & English from Chapman University in 2008. She received her Master’s Degree as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Depth Psychology in 2011. Madeleine has worked as a therapist doing group and individual therapy with children and adults, as well as incarcerated youth ages 13-17. Madeleine in currently completing her Doctoral Dissertation in Community Psychology, Ecopsychology and Liberation Psychology from Pacifica Graduate School.

Madeleine regularly acts as a Learning Facilitator for the Santiago Canyon Collenge District's Humanities Department at Santiago Canyon College. Working within the Santa Ana Community she built the advocacy coalation known as Project Homelessness, a group which has successfully advocated to open the emergency shelter known as the Courtyard, Pass SNAP EBT in Orange County and she continues to work on the right to rest and decriminalization of the homeless. In a group known as the Santa Ana Coalation for Responsible Development she worked to create and successfully legislated for the passage of Santa Ana's Progressive Transparency Law in2013. She continues this work fulfilling further implementation in the establishment of Santa Ana's First City Wide Strategic Plan in 2014, and continued these efforts by beginning her work on Economic Development through a BHC Equity for All work-group where she worked with others to build the coalation that advocated for and won for 2015 Unanimous Passage of the City's Wellness Resolution. Madeleine began her own consulting firm, Diamond Heart Enterprises in 2014.

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YVONNE FLORES

Yvonne Flores began her real estate career at First Team Real Estate in 1997 and in Huntington Beach. Her first sale, a $69K condo in Placentia, and her first listing, a $1.44mm Newport Beach Westcliff home, set her off in her real estate career, and she went on to sell 28 homes in her first year as a Realtor. She was showcased by First Team Real Estate as the guest speaker for recruiting seminars and promoted in weekly advertisements in the OC Register as "Come Hear How I Sold 28 Homes In My First Year Of Real Estate" and successfully recruited many new and emerging realtors to the industry and to First Team in particular.

 

In 2006, Yvonne earned her Real Estate Broker's license and a few years later, created Westcliff Properties, a thriving real estate and property management company located in the Artists Village of Downtown Santa Ana. In 2012, she opened her then home, and current office location, up to local artists and entrepreneurs who hoped to succeed in the emerging downtown scene, and overnight, the idea of creating Gallery 211 was born. Merging her love of the arts with real estate, and with the help of her family and daughter, Allyssa Flores, Westcliff Properties and Yvonne hosted and sponsored local artists, monthly art shows, concerts, book signings, work shops, and crochet classes at Gallery 211 for over 3 1/2 years. More importantly, the gallery was a free, not for profit, gallery and creative work space and remained free to local artists up until Yvonne permanently closed its doors in 2016. Exhibits such as the “Santa Ana Toy Theater”, "Faces of Santa Ana", "The Bloom Polylogue", and "Pleasure Objects", as well as concerts with Seeds of Resistance and Irene Diaz were just a few of the highlights in the life of Gallery 211, and some of Yvonne's favorites.

 

Today, Yvonne is an Accredited Residential Manager by the Institute of Real Estate Management, manages commercial and residential portfolios for investors, and she serves as a Notary Public, and volunteer for the Orange County Registrar of Voters for many years now. She is an Advisor|Property Manager at SVN|Vanguard and she works in connection with the Small Business Development Corporation of Orange County. She sits on the Board of Advisers for Downtown, Inc, one of two BIDS in Santa Ana and regularly participates in and promotes events for and in Santa Ana through her social media and personal network of friends.

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ANNABELLA PRITCHARD

Annabella Pritchard was born and raised in Orange County and has contributed to downtown Santa Ana's arts community for over seven years. She is a graduate of the Cours de Civilisation Française at the Sorbonne in Paris, France and is a self-taught photographer whose work has appeared in galleries throughout Southern California .

Pritchard began her career as an artist-member of the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts where she helped organize art exhibitions, planned events, and raised funds. She also participated in photography exhibitions where her work was displayed along side prominent local artists, For the most recent literature festival in downtown Santa Ana, Ms. Pritchard helped manage and coordinate a live reading and Q & A by a world-renown author at Orange County Center for the Contemporary Arts. She also co-hosts surrealist-themed art activities at Makara Center for the Arts "Surreal Storytime" which introduces the work of women surrealist artists to younger audiences through storytelling and arts and crafts. One event that Ms. Pritchard is especially proud of having helped developed was 'Leonora Carrington: 101' a birthday celebration and lecture at Makara Center for the Arts for the iconic surrealist painter and writer Leonora Carrington with a presentation by Carrington's son Dr. Gabriel Weiss Carrington. Pritchard also regularly volunteers for Santa Ana's Literature Festival, Savor Santa Ana, and The Artist Roundtable.

Always curious about the lives of artists, she also started a blog called Souls of Santa Ana that highlights the work of local artists and personalities.

Ms. Pritchard's involvement in the arts community goes back to her experience as a student in Beirut, Lebanon in 2002 where she studied alongside the future founder of Transterra Media. Noting Ms. Pritchard's interest in artists as well as her desire to promote their works, Annabella was hired to write about the expansion of public spaces during the Arab Spring. Ms. Pritchard interviewed organizers from the Ibn Khaldoun Center in Egypt who were instrumental in bringing together artists-activists and street artists and other stakeholders in the creation of public art in downtown Cairo.

Currently Ms. Pritchard works for Delight Invite, a successful, independent, woman-owned business that designs and produces unique and stylish invitations.

She also works part time for Lockout Music Studios, searching for and locating vacant commercial buildings available for longterm leases in cities throughout SoCal where Lockout Music Studios can grow and develop. Currently there are over 400 artists and musicians who rent creative spaces/studios from Lockout Music Studios. In whichever city a Lockout Music Studio is established, the artists and musicians patronize the local restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and retail shops, energizing the local economy while also adding artistic vibrancy and flair to the community. Pritchard is also in the process of developing several social entrepreneurial endeavors including the creation of an artisanal tea company that will benefit her ancestral homeland of Burma.

Ms. Pritchard is the proud mother of two children and in her spare time is writing a series of art lectures about the life and death of muse and poet Elizabeth Siddal .

 

Tracey Gayer

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