Orange County has a reputation for lacking in racial diversity, but that's less apparent as you look at the dozens of artists, musicians, photographers, DJs and designers who have come together for the second annual Konsept Art and Music Festival in Santa Ana.
Courtesy of Tyson Pruong The Konsept Festival crew
There's Shawn Nguyen, a.k.a. DJ Sarisuk, who is the resident DJ at Sutra. There's also Jackie Estrada, a photographer who organizes monthly showcases in the Arts District. There's Dave Allen and Kevin Ferrer, founders of Orange-based, hip-hop-loving, media and art group Locally Grown Collective. Then there's Tyson Pruong, the Cambodian-American who binds all these young creatives together as Konsept, an art collective started by the Santa Ana native three years ago.
"I love my city, and as an artist and musician myself, it was hard to find opportunities to get out there," Pruong says. "I just wanted to build a free network to help people find those stepping stones for where they want to be. I wanted to focus on people in our area so we could build a scene together here, rather than trying to leave to LA. Santa Ana was a growing art scene, but they never had people our age pushing."More »