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December 19, 2019


(SANTA ANA, Calif.) – John Wayne Airport is pleased to share the story of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, an award-winning center for arts and culture, now featured in the JWA Orange County: Destination Art & Culture exhibit through June 2020. Take a stroll through the pedestrian walkway, connecting Riley Terminals B and C (pre-security) to view the art, history and culture of one of Orange County’s most unique landmarks.

“The collaboration between John Wayne Airport and Casa Romantica Cultural Center reflects the long, storied history of aviation and art in Southern California, and their distinct place in history,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett. “The aerospace industry has influenced artists and assisted in the growth and reach of the art of California.”

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The exhibit features Casa Romantica’s original commissioned works and site adaptations in the visual and performing arts that highlight its location perched atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the historic Spanish Colonial Revival home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson.

Built in 1927, the Ole Hanson home, its gallery and 2.5 acres of botanical gardens are open to the public daily for self-guided or docent-led tours as well as private events. Visitors to Casa Romantica can enjoy wide-ranging cultural programming, including music, art, dance, theater, horticulture, and lecture series that bring international talent to south Orange County.

Free arts education programs for children are offered year-round, including its acclaimed Music Festival Academy, Summer Dance Workshop, STEAM-based field trips and more. For additional information about Casa Romantica, visit

The exhibit is located on the upper level of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal in the walkway between Terminal-B and Terminal-C, before security screening, and is visible to anyone traveling through the Airport. To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit


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