The Daily Californian: East Bay artist takes a musical look at Oakland

DC: How did your experience as a CCA graduate student affect your art and career path, and what do you recommend for aspiring artists interested in these types of graduate programs?

ZA: One of the strengths of the programs from CCA is the connection you make with your peers and also with other colleagues in the community through advising units for the semester … Forming these relationships with others in this big and diverse community where people are making lots of different types of artworks made the experience very productive. There is also a curatorial program, and that was important, because the first shows I did were from people who were in the curatorial program, some of whom I still work with.

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