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OCSA Foundation Arts Enrichment Program Jumpstart Student’s Talent


Do you believe your child has a gift in the arts, such as writing, music, dance, voice, drama, culinary or visual arts?

I know as a parent that is a loaded question. After all, doesn’t every parent consider their child amazingly talented?


Well, parent Abby Maharaj felt exactly this way when she noticed her daughter Maya never left home without a book or journal, and teachers were consistently praising Maya’s writing abilities.

However, Maya was somewhat leery in following a similar path of her older brother in creative writing as a student in the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) Creative Writing Conservatory.

“The prospect of trying to measure up to her brother’s success was a little unnerving for Maya, despite all the positive comments she received about her writing from teachers, friends and family. We decided to have her try the enrichment classes at OCSA to help her see things more clearly,” explains Maharaj.

And, the results of the OCSA Foundation Arts Enrichment Program greatly exceeded a sense of clarity for her aspiring writer. As she progressed through the program, Maharaj observed a dramatic change in her daughter. Not only did her daughter’s writing improve, her confidence as a skilled writer came to life.

“Maya had begun to see herself as a writer. It had become a big part of her identity. And, she wanted to be a part of a community of writers,” said Maharaj.


Maya, age 14, is now a freshman in OCSA’s Creative Writing Conservatory. “Young writers in the program begin to care about living up to their potential and feel the need to work hard to create their best work in the enrichment classes in a safe, supportive environment to share and give and receive feedback and grow as a group of maturing writers,” she said.

For those parents who are seriously considering a more in-depth arts class for their child, Maharaj highly recommends the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation Arts Enrichment Program as a starting point.

“The program provides a very realistic experience in their desired conservatory. The only way to know if it is a good fit is to invest in the class and allow the student to explore and see the work and creativity that goes into a conservatory class,” she concludes.

To learn more about the OCSA Foundation Arts Enrichment Program, visit, or call 714-560-0900, ext. 5630. Spring and Summer Classes are currently open for registration. Classes are open to the general public for students in grades three through 12.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.





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