Increasing access to an arts education
We believe that an excellent art and design education is only made possible with the inclusion of diverse perspectives and financial barriers should not prevent passionate students from enrolling at CCA. By devoting 27% of our annual budget to scholarships, two out of every three CCA students receive scholarship support of some kind.
Our annual gala plays an essential role in providing need-based aid to deserving students.
Attend this year’s gala
The 2019 CCA People’s Party is our annual spring gala benefiting student scholarships for deserving young artists, designers, writers, and architects who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend CCA. This year we honor esteemed painter, printmaker, and teacher Wayne Thiebaud for his incredible career and all he has done to inspire our community of makers and thinkers. The event takes place Monday March 25, 2019, on CCA’s San Francisco campus.
For individual inquiries, please contact Christina Nishihara Choi. For corporate inquiries, please contact Matthew Tedford.
Record-breaking funds raised for students
CCA gathered more than 375 supporters for its annual gala celebration on May 23, 2018, honoring the remarkable Kay Kimpton Walker, who has chaired seven gala fundraisers and helped raise over $4 million for scholarships, providing hundreds of students with access to an arts education at CCA.
Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of our sponsors and supporters, the event brought in a record-breaking $1.27 million for student scholarships, creating countless opportunities for talented and deserving students to attend CCA regardless of their financial background.
An evening with over $1 million in donations
CCA’s 2017 gala benefit drew more than 400 supporters to its San Francisco campus for a sold-out celebration honoring renowned design visionary David Kelley, founder of the global design consultancy IDEO, establishing a new scholarship fund in his honor—the David Kelley Endowed Scholarship—and inspiring the crowd to make generous, real-time donations to inaugurate the fund.
Helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Lorna Meyer Calas, and Kay Kimpton Walker, along with honorary chair and CCA trustee Stanlee R. Gatti, the gala brought together both long-standing CCA patrons and new supporters from across the Bay Area design industry, exceeding expectations by grossing more than $1 million in donations to fund CCA student scholarships.
A local icon bolsters fundraising efforts
Attracting more than 450 supporters, CCA’s 2016 gala benefit celebrated renowned Bay Area designer and community leader Stanlee R. Gatti, whom CCA surprised with a new scholarship fund in his honor, the Stanlee Gatti Endowed Scholarship, bolstered by generous real-time donations totaling more than $330,000.
Led by co-chairs and CCA trustees Patricia W. Fitzpatrick and Lorna Meyer Calas, with honorary chair and CCA trustee Kay Kimpton Walker, the evening surpassed all financial goals by grossing more than $1.24 million in donations to help fund CCA student scholarships, empowering hundreds of young artists to pursue their dreams.
Whether you have general questions about student scholarships or more specific questions about attending or supporting our annual gala benefit, we’re happy to help.