Experience the new OC Museum of Art for free on October 8 and 9 – New Santa Ana


After a three-year construction project, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) reopens in permanent residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Join OCMA as they open the doors to their new permanent home on Saturday, October 8 at 5 p.m. For 24 hours, the museum will be open and activated with music, food, movies, yoga, dancing, and more. Free and open to the public, no tickets or RSVP required!

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Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Studio, the state-of-the-art 53,000 square foot building is twice the size of the museum’s former location in Newport Beach. The move to the region’s first cultural campus in Costa Mesa provides OCMA with a central location, expanded gallery space, and welcoming public spaces, allowing the museum to engage audiences through art. Don’t miss the FREE public celebration on October 8th and 9th!

Saturday October 8

5:00 p.m. | return procession
A drum line leads a celebratory procession down the Avenue des Arts through the square to open the museum, moving to the rooftop terrace and ending with a fireworks display.

5:15 p.m. | The purple hour
Inspired by the work of artist Fred Eversley, whose work is the subject of one of OCMA’s opening exhibitions, OCMA’s new café, Verdant, features the Violet Hour, offering specially designed mocktails

6:00 p.m. | Pacific Chorale Performance: Skyscape
A free-form/random-change choral work performed on four levels connecting us to the sky

6:30 p.m. | Choir of the Pacific: Magnificat
An a capella choir “Magnificat” by GRAMMY® award-winning composer Arvo Pärt, an evocative work that recalls the past while echoing the future

7:00 p.m. | Philharmonie Performance: Gold of the Pacific
@PhilharmonicSocietyOC presents a performance by the Orange County Youth Symphony String Quartet inspired by the artists of the opening exhibition of the OCMA California Biennial 2022: Pacific Gold.

8:00 p.m. | Performance of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra: 13 women
A string trio performance inspired by the artists and works of the 13 Women exhibition.

9:00 p.m. | Rooftop dance party
Dance your way on the OCMA’s outdoor rooftop terrace with KCRW’s Jason Bentley.

10:00 p.m. | Guided tour
Join OCMA curators past and present for an immersive tour of new OCMA exhibits. With artists and experts positioned on key works of art in the galleries, this is a unique chance to get insider information on all works currently on display.

11:00 p.m. | silent disco
Join DJ Dylan, DJ Kemistry and DJ Camillion for a party all your own. With the included headphones, you can dance the night away and choose from multiple spinning DJs – move to your beat!

Sunday October 9

00:00 | Light It Up: Midnight Fireworks
Enjoy a decadent dessert from the museum café, Verdant, inspired by the exhibition Fred: Eversley Reflecting (Back the World), and fireworks on the museum terrace

1h00 | movies for insomniacs
Join Santa Ana’s premier arthouse theater, Frida Cinema, for a curated selection of films that pay homage to artists and the artistic process.

02:00 | Late Night Lounge with Boss Harmony
Relax and take a break to listen to records by artist and DJ Boss Harmony

03:00 | The time of the crime
Experience the magic of the museum as you have your fortune told and your tarot read among the galleries

04:00 | The blue Hour
Start the day with the healing properties of the color wheel with Ayurvedic coffee, tea and matcha drinks at OCMA’s Fueling Station Coffee Bar

5:00 am | Sound bath with Somer Waters & Skye Ray
Connect with the works featured in the 2022 California Biennale: Pacific Gold and 13 Women exhibitions through a sound bath in the galleries embodying the connection between art and healing

6:30 am | sunrise yoga
Reset and refresh on the beautiful rooftop terrace with gentle yin yoga led by Linda Chen. Bring your own mat; open to all levels of yoga.

8:00 am | Japanese tea ceremony
Experience “The Way of the Tea”, a traditional Japanese matcha tea ceremony led by Kentaro Chiba and Soko Okazoe, followed by a tea tasting

9:00 a.m. | color wheel juice bar
Taste a rainbow array of freshly made juices in every color inspired by artist Fred Eversley’s use of the color wheel.

10:00 a.m. | donut drop
Savor special flavors inspired by the OCMA collection from our friends and neighbors at Sidecar, Fill Bakeshop and Goodtown, purveyors of the finest donuts in Orange County.

11:00 a.m. | Pop-Up: Aura Photography
Capture images of your aura, the electromagnetic energy field that radiates in and around your body, and learn the distinct meaning of each of its colors – find out what your aura is today.

12:00 | Children First: Short Films
Join our friends at the Newport Beach Film Festival for a series of shorts just for kids.

1:00 p.m. | Upside down: dance performance
Dancers from the Orange County School of the Arts play with perspective and movement in a site-specific performance inspired by the museum’s architecture.

2:00 p.m. | Live music: Yamila Guerra Cuban Latin Band
Let two-time Latin GRAMMY winner Yamila Guerra Cuvan Latin, conducted by Yalil Guerra, take you on a musical journey through Latin and Caribbean sounds. Feel the joy and dance to the beat with your family and friends.

2:30 p.m. | Artistic creation: Open Studio
Explore self-guided prompts for drawing, paper sculptures and more.

3:00 p.m. | Family Workshop: Color Your World
Join OCMA educators in an intergenerational art-making activity where we explore storytelling through color.

4:00 p.m. | Jazz: Ella takes the microphone
Let yourself be carried away by the jazz classics of Ella Fitzgerald with the powerful singers of the Standard Mel Duo who were inspired by the work Untitled (Ella On Silk) by Carrie Mae Weems in the OCMA collection.

4:30 p.m. | Gospel Voices of OC: Youth Choir
Young singers from across Orange County and special guests express the joy of the African-American experience, drawing inspiration from the artists featured in Of many waters… by Sanford Biggers, an artwork displayed on the patio of the museum.

5:00 p.m. | Closing fireworks
The Gospel Voices of OC: Youth Choir closes us with Oh Happy Day followed by a show of blue fireworks.

Carpool/Lyft/Uber recommended, limited parking available at nearby garages.

The OCMA is located at 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.


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