Our mission is to provide access to arts & culture in Santa Ana through workshops, public performances, and multimedia resources.


Santa Ana has only one full-service library for over 340,000 residents. Makara provides Santa Ana communities free access to its specialized library collection, and encourages independent thinkers to further cultivate knowledge through unique programs. The library & art center is a creative hub for workshops, performances, discussions, and other accessible programs that encompass a global view of arts and culture. Makara is committed to providing its neighbors with opportunities to explore their curiosity and expand their imagination. 

Makara Center for the Arts was established in January 2016 by Marytza K. Rubio, a writer born & raised in Santa Ana. After working at art school libraries and traveling throughout South America, Marytza envisioned opening up an inclusive space for readers, writers, artists, and other unconventional thinkers who may feel that they don’t fit in elsewhere.

To begin fundraising efforts and engage with local readers in Fall 2016, Makara hosted a series of pop-up book fairs as well as the Makara Book Club at rotating sites, beginning with works like Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. In November 2016, Makara was honored to install the 50,000th Little Free Library in the world at the Illumination Foundation's Children's Resource Center in Santa Ana. 

Makara Center for the Arts officially opened its doors in May 2017, and began hosting a variety of programs including monthly writing workshops, a Science Saturday series, visual arts seminars, Tarot & Tea and the recurring Santa Ana History lecture series. In 2018, Makara launched FrankenRead 2018: Santa Ana Reads Frankenstein, a yearlong initiative celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's iconic novel with multiple related events including art shows, film screenings, book giveaways, and more. Other notable programs have included the Sister Spit Tour, a "Celebrating the Music of Alice Coltrane" listening session, a performance and artist talk with singer-songwriter SLV, and the Leonora Carrington 101 celebration featuring a conversation on the renowned artist & writer with members of the Carrington family.