All of CCA’s lectures, symposiums, and workshops are free, offering opportunities for students and the public to engage with cultural topics and creative practices through the work and ideas of award-winning artists, designers, authors, scholars, and alumni.
Featured events and programs
Art in action
Explore how democracy, creative activism, and voter advocacy intersect through Creative Citizens in Action’s (CCA@CCA) annual series of public programs, which span the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing.
Creative Citizens Series
Enjoy curated new work by our community of students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in our contemporary galleries. Exhibitions are open to all and always free.
Discover on-campus experiences
Enjoy the future of art and design all year-long in CCA’s mix of campus galleries and presentation spaces. Visitors will find new work by students, faculty, staff, and visiting artists in curated venues that embrace diverse perspectives and a range of contemporary approaches. Offering our students the unique opportunity to present their work and expand their practice in a professional setting, the campus galleries are also a place for our community of makers and the public to connect across contemporary art and design. Plan a visit, today.
Meet the voices of tomorrow
CCA’s graduating student showcases, presented by class year, are digital time capsules of capstone projects and culminating work.
Celebrating the makers of 2023
Featuring work by graduating students, the 2023 Showcase represents the diversity of practice across CCA’s Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, and Humanities & Sciences divisions.
The deans of CCA’s four academic divisions selected students whose submissions to the 2023 Showcase deserve special recognition. Every student work chosen for a Deans’ Spotlight (displayed below) demonstrates excellence in theory and practice.
Creative Citizens in Action
The Creative Citizens in Action (CCA@CCA) initiative provides important resources to the CCA community to power dialogue and making related to creative activism. The connected programming explores art, democratic engagement, and current affairs through public events, exhibitions, grant opportunities, voting resources, and connections to the classroom.
CCA@CCA is overseen by the Exhibitions and Public Programming department in partnership with Student Affairs, as well as libraries, academic divisions, communications, and faculty.
Explore our stories
Rewind Review Respond
Rewind Review Respond (RRR) is an online forum where CCA students write about recent events and the ideas that affect their practice, communities, and fields of study. Through writing, videos, and interviews, RRR is an opportunity to debrief on a lecture, panel, screening, or roundtable and to dive deeper into ideas discussed.
RRR is organized by the Exhibitions and Public Programming department and led by a team of student editors, writers, and designers.
Exhibitions at CCA@ccaexhibitions
Feb. 23, 2024
On Friday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7pm, the bharatanatyam dance company Nava Dance Theatre will perform excerpts from Rogue Gestures in the Nave Presentation Space! Rogue Gestures is an experimental movement and live music production that explores the labor and lived experiences of South Asian immigrant women in the US. This performance is free and open to the public.
Inspired by the oral histories of Indian nurses who arrived as a result of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, choreographer Nadhi Thekkek, and her collaborators explore the heavy and enduring work of immigrant women and the worlds they traverse between. Nava Dance Theatre will present performance excerpts and interactive discussions exploring how our contemporary immigrant histories can be a source for dancemaking, creative inquiry, and artistic exploration.
Founded in 2012, Nava Dance Theatre uses the south Indian dance form to navigate place, identity, and politics through the lens of lived experience. Led by Artistic Director, Dr. Nadhi Thekkek, Nava's work has delved into unheard refugee voices, the #metoo movement, and other social issues. Through our programs, we visiblize stories on the margins, connect our contemporary histories to today, and create intersections of culturally specific art, diaspora, and storytelling that are as layered as our collective experiences. Through new dance works, residency and commissioning programs, workshops, festivals, and cross-genre collaborations, Nava Dance Theatre examines the various ways that dance can support and reflect the communities we live in. Nava Dance Theatre is based in San Francisco, the unceded territory of the Ramaytush-speaking Ohlone people.
This event is presented in conjunction with The Materiality of Resistance, a two-day symposium exploring the artistic deployment of materials as tools to imagine, promote, and enact resistance to the status quo in American art and visual culture. The performance is funded by an endowment gift to support The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series at CCA, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism.
Feb. 22, 2024
Join students from GIRL CULTURE on March 7th to discuss girl power and the specific challenges facing girls around the world. Reclaiming the idea of the little girls' tea party, our Afternoon Tea will showcase student art and research about global girl cultures. We will offer tea, snacks, and stimulating conversation to foster learning about girls’ studies and girls' resistance.
There will be two back-to-back workshops to choose from: 3:30–4:15pm & 4:15–5pm. Both will take place in the back of the Nave. All are welcome!
Participating students include Ying Chen, Nitya Cheruku, Julie Du, Nariah Gillett, Jerry Huang, Amy Jiang, Robin Larisch, Primrose Lu, Luna Mae Lupine, Lauren McGee, Kaeli Mcleod, Claudia Nunez, MC Payen, Kainoa Rocamora, Brenda Sanchez, Maya Vaughan, Rex Wallia, and Xinhao Zhou.
Organized by Melinda Luisa de Jesus, Associate Professor, Critical Ethnic Studies Program).
This event is part of the Creative Citizens in Action Exhibition, which is presented in conjunction with The Materiality of Resistance, a two-day symposium exploring the artistic deployment of materials as tools to imagine, promote, and enact resistance to the status quo in American art and visual culture. The workshop is funded by an endowment gift to support The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series at CCA, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism.
Feb. 21, 2024
Please join us in the Nave Presentation Space on March 7 from 5:30 to 6:45 for a talk by Italian curator Lorenzo Balbi.
Lorenzo Balbi is the artistic director of MAMbO – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, and head of the Modern and Contemporary Art department of the Bologna Musei Institution. After a degree in Cultural Heritage Conservation at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, he specialised in Contemporary Art at the City University of Turin. From 2006 to 2017 Lorenzo taught "Methodology of Curatorship" at Campo Corso di Studi E Pratiche Curatoriali, which focused on training young curators, and he coordinated the Residency for Young Foreign Curators at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, among other exhibiting projects.
Balbi's talk is a featured event of the Materiality of Resistance Symposium, and is free and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by CCA's Curatorial Practice Program and funded by an endowment gift to support The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series at CCA, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism.
Feb. 20, 2024
California will hold a Presidential Primary Election on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. This election includes voting on nominees for US President, as well as candidates for the State and Federal Senate. It also includes voting on several state and local propositions.
To vote in this election, you must be a California resident, be eligible to vote, and have registered by February 20. To learn what's on the ballot, register to vote, or confirm your voter registration eligibility and status, check out our Voting Resources on the Portal. This page also includes links where you can find your nearest ballot dropbox or polling location.
California Presidential Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline: February 20, 2024 @ 5 p.m. (Pacific)
Election Day: Tuesday, March 5, 2024
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