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A conceptual plan for the historic Silverado Gas Station

Mission Statement: Joining everyone together through creative expression, exploration, education, tradition, and experience in Silverado Canyon.


The Silverado Arts & Cultural Center would be a dedicated gathering place for the local community to learn and express themselves through various mediums, including music, theater, dance, fine art, sculpture, ceramics, photography, literature, and film.  The rural location would allow artists to derive inspiration from the natural environment and retreat from the stress of the city.  It would be operated by a cooperative of community members, volunteers, and independent contractors.

Potential Facilities & Services

  • Classroom space for educational activities offered by local instructors.
  • Theater for concerts, drum circles, jams, open microphone events, plays, musicals, dance, poetry readings, stand-up comedy, improvisation, and educational activities.
  • Recording studio for live concerts, local bands, composers, and educational activities.
  • Art gallery for local artists.
  • Parking lot with landscaping and outdoor gathering space.
  • Radio station for live and prerecorded material and educational activities.
  • Onsite supply of donated tools and materials to be shared by everyone, including musical instruments, recording equipment, sound equipment, cameras, computers, paints, paintbrushes, costumes, ceramic tools, etc.

The old gas station building is located in the business district of the historic mining town of Silverado Canyon and adjacent to the historic neighborhoods of Modjeska and Trabuco Canyon.  The rural location is tucked back in the wild and scenic Santa Ana Mountains, featuring over one hundred thousand acres of outdoor recreation opportunities.  The mountains serve as a major source of inspiration for an ever-increasing community of talented musicians and artists in every medium.  The Silverado Diner, Grandpa’s Garden Organic Produce, Canyon Market, and Silverado Library currently serve residents and visitors in the downtown area.  Silverado is 15-30 minutes away from most major metropolitan areas, including Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Mission Viejo.

The gas station was also chosen because its location was the inspiration for an original song called Hello Silverado, which has become the honorary anthem of the Silverado community.  It has been performed at many local musical events.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this concept plan, please contact joel@santaanamountains.org or call 714-649-9084.





Recording Studio

Art Gallery

Storytelling Guild

Radio Station

Arts & Music Library


Santiago Canyon College

Move Music & Entertainment

Naturalist For You

The Laguna Folk Dancers

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