MAS is back … to offer a 2013 summer series including Huayucaltia (the first band to perform for MAS) to kick off the new season on June 8, 2013.

MAS is more!!! We invite you to attend the concerts and find out for yourselves why MAS has become such an icon of San Juan Capistrano culture. What could be better than creating a family tradition of relaxing in the beautiful library courtyard under a star-studded San Juan Capistrano night appreciating the ambiance and unique performance of live world-class music?

From the first concert in the summer of 1989 to the present time, more than 175 entertainers have introduced thousands of community members to cross cultural arts venues through music, dance and visual arts. (Click here to see Past Artists.)

Currently MAS is produced by a committee of people that came together to continue its legacy through their own passionate appreciation of the series as patrons themselves. Orange County communities reflect a mosaic of ethnic and diverse neighborhoods. MAS continually aspires to bring communities together through the presentation of global art forms to increase understanding about diversity through the appreciation of the Arts.

MAS is a program of the San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library and supported by the San Juan Capistrano Library and the City of San Juan Capistrano.


Former Head Librarian at the San Juan Capistrano Library Jose Aponte conceived the Multicultural Arts Series (MAS) in 1989 and guided its evolution until 1995. Jose Aponte’s wife, Cynthia, designed and created the Southwest Native American inspired banners still displayed in the library courtyard during MAS concerts and used on MAS publications. (Click here for Jose Aponte’s more recent endeavors) After Jose’s departure, MAS continued and thrived with Bob Slater’s leadership. Bob, who had been the technical director for the series, continued to spearhead concerts from 1995 until 2011. Teri Garza, former Head Librarian of the San Juan Capistrano Library, assisted Bob in the production of concerts until her retirement in 2012.


San Juan Capistrano Multicultural Arts Series’ Mission Statement: To engage the community through dynamic live performances from diverse artistic genres at the San Juan Capistrano Library.