The annual CCA gala plays an essential role in providing need-based scholarships to talented students. Thanks to generous supporters, 83% of CCA students receive scholarships and financial aid—our goal is to ensure that cost is never a barrier to an excellent education for aspiring artists and designers.


Honoring Carla Emil & Rich Silverstein

Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.

CCA gala honorees Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein. Photo by Drew Altizer Photography

CCA’s annual gala was held on campus in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. The city’s cultural and society figures, creative practitioners, and arts leaders gathered to honor beloved Bay Area art collectors Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein as the 2023 honorees. Co-chaired by CCA Trustees Stanlee Gatti and Kimberlee Swig, the event raised over $1.23 million for student scholarships and celebrated Emil and Silverstein’s philanthropic leadership, which has made a tremendous impact on the cultural life of the Bay Area and nationwide.

Past Galas

Unforgettable moments

A double exposure of two images overlooking dinner tables with guests at previous CCA Galas.

Remembering the fun

Previous galas have honored leaders in art and design, from the late Wayne Thiebaud to community leader Roselyne C. Swig, with the goal of raising important support for art and design students. We’ve gathered highlights from past celebrations in a collection of photos, videos, and more.


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