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 a 5-year 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 2020 we have continued to offer critical multicultural and 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, The Slants Foundation, Pacific Arts Movement, and the Bonita Museum to name a few.
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 from all walks of life.
After nearly one year into the pandemic, we FINALLY completed construction, and (re)opened the physical doors to our performing arts home in Chula Vista on February 20, 2021. Woo hoo!
Our dream home includes 3 dance studios (2 indoor and 1 outdoor) with professional sprung Marley dance flooring; and in the future we plan to design a co-working shared office space and classroom for artists, and creative entrepreneurs to participate in professional development/arts administration trainings to learn the ins and outs of the "business of making art."
Maraya Performing Arts is truly a place for the whole community!
We look forwarding to welcoming you and yours to this vibrant and inclusive community arts center!
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 the collective spirit of communal unity and work in 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 special 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 and cross border city that 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 and beyond!
But for now, we’re an up and coming business with big dreams, a lot of talent, a lot of drive and passion...and an urgent need for your enthusiastic support!
Our Goal is to to Build Short & Long-Term Capacity for Many Generations to Come!
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 spirit
Maraming Salamat (many thanks in Tagalog),
and our entire Maraya Performing Arts Pamilya (family)
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You can also send a donation check via post office mail (if you prefer):
Maraya Performing Arts
861 Harold Place Suite #208
Chula Vista, CA 91914
*Maraya Performing Arts is currently fiscally sponsored by the Bonita Historical Society until we complete our separate 501c3 tax status.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation now, please contact: Anjanette Maraya-Ramey at: email@example.com or 619-934-2999 for details.
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