Zoot Velasco
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The mission of the OCEAA community is to nurture all learners to become creative, critical thinkers by providing high quality standards-based instruction through the arts, technology, language and culture.


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Gianneschi G3X, Director

Formerly Known as the Summer School for Nonprofits , This conference at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is designed for professionals in the nonprofit and social enterprise fields, helping them to create exciting, excellent and exempt organizations (the three Xs) that can make an engaging impact. Attendees will be given free parking and meals. Register today at the Registration tab below. 


501(c)(3)(b)(s) Podcast

In “nonprofit” 501c3 organizations the 80/20 rule applies. 80% of all funding goes to 20% of the sector. This happens because much of conventional wisdom in our industry is false. In this podcast, you will find the truths, And those truths will set you free to success.

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Arts Connection 

The Arts Council of San Bernardino is working with Zoot as a consultant and executive coach under a grant from the CA Arts Council to create a new Strategic Plan for 2021.



Arts In Corrections

For 31 years, Zoot has worked in prisons, juvenile facilities, mental hospitals and jails. Currently Zoot does a reentry program through the Riverside Arts Council with inmates at Riverside County Jail. He is also an artist with the Fresno Arts Council and Muckenthaler Cultural Center working in state prisons and training other artists. 

Re-entry into society is often dependent upon how well former inmates can tell their story to a “civilian” audience. Often former offenders are accustomed to presenting an image that shows them as hardened and unfeeling to survive with their peers. They have to learn how to tell a story that shows them as vulnerable and capable of change to a different audience made up of family and potential employers.