The Greater Orange Community Arts Theater will be a vibrant, inclusive venue to provide shared teaching, learning, and performance opportunities for all ages. With your help, the GOCAT theater will engage and enhance our entire community for generations to come.
The Greater Orange Community Arts Theater Foundation (GOCAT) is a 501(c)(3) public charity located in Orange, California. Your contributions will fund the construction of the first community-based theater in the greater Orange area. GOCAT will directly benefit the cities of Orange, Villa Park, East Anaheim, Santa Ana, North Tustin, and Placentia, and will prioritize equitable access to all students and local community groups.
This exciting project has been designed to include a 53,000 square foot state-of-the-art 592-seat main theater, a black box theater, and an outdoor amphitheater in Grijalva Park in the City of Orange. By providing a local performance space for a wide range of arts groups, GOCAT will strengthen community and civic pride and bring a first-rate educational-arts facility to our city.
At this time, we are actively seeking legacy donors who are ready to make a difference for the future home of arts entertainment in greater Orange.
GOCAT Unmasked Gala
You’re wondering, “What is GOCAT doing now? Is this a masquerade ball?” While we were all masked for the past couple of years, the Greater Orange Community Arts Theater Foundation has been hard at work formalizing plans to build an arts theater in Orange.
So much has happened in the past two years and now we want to share with you what great progress we’ve made. Architects have developed a master design for our building based on the GOCAT governing board’s vision. The City of Orange and GOCAT have solidified the site for our theater at Grijalva Park. We have engaged with consultants to take us to the next phase. We are ready to have our “UNMASKED” gala, and we’ll unmask our plans for you!
This special evening will include a student art exhibit, silent and live auction, dinner, and live entertainment from students throughout our community.
Individual tickets: $150
Table of ten sponsorship: $1,750
Paying by check? Download payment form HERE.
Additional sponsorship opportunities available HERE.
Theater has always been an influential factor in communities. As people are exposed to the arts, creativity flourishes, academics improve, and means of self-expression are developed. Supporting your community theater is supporting all of these things, and contributing to a proven catalyst for economic development, community engagement, and social enrichment.
― Union County Playmakers
Community theater is essential to the cultural health of our communities. It enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those who benefit from live theater productions. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts.
― American Association of Community Theater
In addition to teaching self-expression, the performing arts help society as a whole in self-knowledge and understanding. Theater and the performing arts teach society about itself, hoping to point out the attitudes and mindsets of current society.
― International College of Musical Theater
GOCAT has received consent from the City of Orange and the Orange Unified School District to proceed with raising funds for this project.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with the City of Orange, including a Naming Rights Agreement for the building and its elements.
The City of Orange has designated land for this project at a remediated Brownfield site at Grijalva Park in Orange, CA to be repurposed for greater community impact.
The community was engaged in site planning for the Grijalva Park at Santiago Creek Masterplan (2019).
The schematic design phase has been completed by Bastien & Associates, Inc.
A funding feasibility study was completed by CCS Fundraising in October 2021, showing high support for a community-based arts theater complex in Orange, CA.
An engaged Board of Directors is leading the project with key staff and a broad base of dedicated volunteers.
The Greater Orange Community Arts Theater complements the existing adjacent 26.5-acre Grijalva Park that features the Grijalva sports center building, lighted multipurpose fields, a playground, 2 picnic pavilions, plenty of parking, and a seamless addition of arts to the park to benefit our entire community.
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For any inquiries, please call (714) 202-7549 or fill out the following form.
Thank you for reaching out!
An Independent Grassroots Community Organization
A tax deductible charitable 501(c)(3) organization
Greater Orange Community Arts Theater
Tax ID # 82-2837360
P. O. Box 4654
Orange, CA 92868