Our Vision. Building Our House.
Maraya Performing Arts was founded in March 2020, literally weeks before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down in California. We were immediately forced to shelter in place on March 17, 2020, not long after signing the lease on our new space in Eastlake.
Since the pandemic, we have creatively pivoted. We have adapted to the ever changing small business mandates to close, open, close and re-open our business multiple times. Since March we have continued to offer critical multigenerational arts programming for our community including: virtual youth theatre classes, outdoor parking lot dance classes, virtual dance classes from international dance artists, and have hosted multiple guest speakers from the arts and entertainment industry. We have also received numerous invitations and commissions to create new and innovative dance theatre projects in collaboration with our arts partners, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Filipino Cinema and Bonita Cultural Museum.
We envision a community where the performing arts are accessible to all. We strive to be the 'go to' artistic hub for diverse multigenerational artists.
It is now October 2020 and 7 months into the pandemic, and we are now FINALLY embarking on the construction for our new performing arts home in Chula Vista. Woo hoo! Our dream home includes 3 fully equipped dance studios with sprung Marley dance flooring; and a coworking shared space for artists, designers and creatives to work and collaborate.
Maraya Performing Arts is truly a place for the whole community. We cannot wait to welcome you to our new home (virtually and/or in person)!
Why Donate? Bayanihan.
Everyone who supports Maraya Performing Arts becomes a member of the MPA extended family.
The Bayanihan (pronounced as buy-uh-nee-hun) is a Filipino custom derived from a Filipino word “bayan”, which means nation, town or community. The term bayanihan refers to a spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.
The concept of The Bayanihan is traced back to a long-standing rural tradition where villagers would gather to help a family move to a new place. The beautiful part of the tradition is that the villagers wouldn’t just move belongings, they would move the entire house. Afterward, the whole community would celebrate!
Members of the MPA extended family receive gratitude, updates--and when it's safe--invitations to come see us at work.
One Neighborhood. One Family.
MPA is located in the heart of Chula Vista, a diverse community in Southern San Diego County. The population of Chula Vista is very diverse, with many residents who are foreign-born.
We’ve been asked by people representing all kinds of backgrounds if MPA is for them. Of course! MPA is for everyone! 🙂
Because we actively embrace inclusion and diversity, we hope students and visitors will see more Black and Brown faces than any regional arts center they’ve been in before, because that is who is representative of the diverse community we all live in.
Chula Vista shares its borders with a number of working-class and low to moderate-income neighborhoods including Southeast San Diego, National City, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa and Imperial Beach. We’re uniquely positioned to serve all of these communities and strive to become the go-to performing arts center in South San Diego.
But for now, we’re a fledgling business with big dreams, a lot of talent, and a need for your enthusiastic support!
Our Goal is to Raise $75,000 by December 31, 2020 to Build a Forever Home for Our Community.
Your investment in Maraya Performing Arts will ensure that we can continue to not only survive in these times of uncertainty, but rather thrive...for many, many years to come.
Thank you for your love and support of the bayanihan.
Maraming Salamat (many thanks in Tagalog),
and our entire Maraya Performing Arts Pamilya (family)
Click the button below to donate, or you can also send a donation check via post office mail (if you prefer):
Maraya Performing Arts
8085 Lake Adlon Drive
San Diego, CA 92119
Dana & Miho Pritchett
Dave & Jessica Bird Beza
Romy & Josie Maraya
Chris & Courtney Faulhaber-Ramey
Anjanette & Matthew Ramey
Marie & Dale Ramey
United States Artists Relief Fund
Joseph, Eva & Noah Villena
The Herrada Family
The Nepomuceno Family
The Griffin Ohana
William Purves & Donald F. Schmidt