2021 Gala

The annual CCA gala benefits scholarships for talented CCA students who are striving to change the world through the power of creative work.

Gala Auction

View a selection of work by artists within the CCA community and custom experiences

Bidding opens on Friday, May 7, at 9 am and will close on Saturday, May 15, at 6 pm. Early auction access for sponsors begins Wednesday, May 5, at 9 am.

All proceeds from the gala directly benefit scholarships for talented students.

For more information, contact Advancement Events Manager Danica Domingo at [email protected] or +1 415-551-9361.


Celebrating honorary doctorate degree recipient and distinguished designer Sir Jony Ive

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Honoring arts champion Lorna Meyer Calas

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To protect the health and wellness of our community and in support of the San Francisco County and California Department of Public Health COVID-19 recommendations, California College of the Arts canceled its gala scheduled for March 23, 2020. Unfortunately, we will not reschedule due to the unknown length and severity of the virus.

The spring gala, our only annual fundraising event for student scholarships, was organized in honor of our wonderful trustee and community leader Lorna Meyer Calas. We deeply regret not being able to celebrate her generosity and leadership. It is difficult to lose this opportunity to raise much needed funds for student scholarships, a cause Lorna is passionate about. We hope gala table and ticket sponsors will consider donating their sponsorships all or in part to CCA student scholarships in honor of Lorna. If you would prefer a refund, please contact CCA Advancement at [email protected] or 415-703-9595.

At the gala, we planned a paddle-raise to create the new Lorna Meyer Calas Scholarship to ensure talented and deserving students receive an excellent education. Soon, we will share more information on this special scholarship and the students who benefit.

Thank you for your support.

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2019 Spring Gala honoring Wayne Thiebaud

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.


Honoring the legendary Wayne Thiebaud

2019 Gala Benefit for Wayne Thebauld

2019 Gala invite designed by faculty member Bob Aufuldish.

A tribute to art education and excellence

On March 25, 2019, more than 358 supporters gathered on CCA’s San Francisco campus for the 2019 CCA People’s Party to honor esteemed painter, printmaker, and teacher Wayne Thiebaud. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, the spring gala grossed over $1.2 million for student scholarships.

The annual fundraising event featured remarks by highly acclaimed scholar Steve Nash and was helmed by co-chairs and CCA trustees Cathy Podell and Stanlee Gatti, and honorary committee chair Lorna Meyer Calas. Guests included long-standing patrons, leaders of San Francisco art institutions, museum directors, gallery owners, major art collectors, and some of the brightest cultural and society figures from the Bay Area.

Celebrated painter and educator Wayne Thiebaud, the 2019 CCA People’s Party honoree, talks about his life’s work with KQED’s Michael Krasny.

Featuring an interview with Michael Krasny

As part of the evening’s festivities, we also proudly presented an abridged version of this full-length interview between Thiebaud and KQED Forum host Michael Krasny. The influential pair discusses Thiebaud’s meaningful achievements, motivations, and love of painting—a form that still proves itself miraculous to Thiebaud, even decades after his incredible career started.


Honoring the remarkable Kay Kimpton Walker

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.


Honoring design visionary David Kelley

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.


Honoring renowned designer Stanlee R. Gatti

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.


Our team is standing by to support you

Have questions?

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.

Lisa Jonas

Director of Alumni Engagement

+1 415-703-9595

[email protected]

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