Shalini Agrawal Appointed Director of Center for Art and Public Life

Shalini Agrawal, new Center director

Shalini Agrawal has been appointed director of the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts (CCA), it was announced today by Provost Melanie Corn. Agrawal had been serving as interim director of the Center for the last year, and was selected after a broad national search.

Corn commented, "Shalini has done an impressive and exemplary job as interim director. Her extensive experience facilitating diverse communities at local, national, and international levels makes her the ideal person for the job. I'm looking forward to working with her in this capacity."

About Shalini Agrawal

Agrawal is cofounder and principal of MAC Studio, a practice that engages communities through landscape architecture. MAC Studio was selected as one of the few firms to complete the San Francisco Unified School District Green Schoolyard Initiative for middle and high schools. 

Her expertise ranges from architecture, interior architecture, and landscape architecture to art installations.

In 1996 she cofounded the Chicago nonprofit Architreasures, where she designed the program that transforms schoolyards and community spaces through participatory design. Architreasures was recently awarded the AIA Illinois Presidents Award for significantly advancing the principles of livable communities and promoting the understanding of the architecture profession.

Currently Agrawal is researching the application of community engagement in art and design. She recently showed her work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and is an invited facilitator for Harvard University’s Future of Learning program.

She has been an adjunct professor in the First Year and Community Arts Programs at CCA since 2009, and serves as faculty facilitator for the First Year Honors Program. 

She holds a master of architecture from the University of Illinois in Chicago and a bachelor of arts from Lehigh University. 

About the Center for Art and Public Life

CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations among CCA students, faculty, and community partners. It provides multidisciplinary platforms for students to use critical and creative problem solving to understand and address the needs of local, regional, and international communities.

Three core initiatives are based out of the Center: ENGAGE at CCA, a curriculum-based, semester-long, community engagement academic program; CCA CONNECTS, offering year-long paid “externships” at art, design, and architecture organizations; and the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, granting interdisciplinary student teams up to $10,000 to develop and actualize a socially innovative project.

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