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


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 throughout 2016, Makara hosted a pop-up bookshop at Patchwork Santa Ana and a Book Fair at Barnes & Noble; then launched the Makara Book Club at rotating sites. The monthly book club has continued to bring together like-minded readers to engage in timely discussions of works such as 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. A larger initiative, the Public Fiction Project, was then implemented to expand access to the city’s network of free book locations.

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.