CCA Center Announces 2016 Community-Engaged Practice Honorees

Group of people in a recording studioAshley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

About the Community-Engaged Practice Awards

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Art and Public Life, the awards program was established to publicly recognize CCA students, faculty, alumni, and staff across all disciplines and departments whose work embodies the college’s Make Art That Matters motto.

Such recognition includes those individuals involved in programs dedicated to community-engaged practices as well as the countless others who have pursued the practice within other frameworks at CCA and beyond, including, but not limited to:

The Nomination Requirements

Nominated individuals demonstrated a “consistent practice representative of community engagement,” whether through performance and interactive installation (public engagement); participatory visioning and making (community participation); events and gatherings (community building); or activation of public dialogue and education (activism/advocacy).

Due to the fluid boundaries of the above-mentioned practices, the jury evaluated all 42 nominees on their embodiment of the keystones of community-engaged practice, as highlighted by the Center’s values and processes:

VALUES: Creativity, accessibility, co-ideation, accountability, cultural humility, diversity, equity, reciprocity

PROCESSES: Active listening, developing shared expectations, engaged research personal and professional reflection, collaborative making, responsive iteration, assessment

About the Jurors

The Center would like to thank the esteemed jurors and all the nominators who championed their students, colleagues, students, alumni, and friends.

About CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life

CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life believes engaging communities is the foundation of a practice focused on changing the world. The staff integrates this vision within California College of the Arts by facilitating and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships with other CCA departments and with outside organizations.

Three core initiatives are based out of the Center:

  • ENGAGE at CCA, a curriculum-based, semester-long, community-engagement academic program
  • CCA CONNECTS, offering yearlong paid “externships” at art, design, and architecture organizations
  • IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, granting interdisciplinary student teams up to $10,000 to develop and actualize socially innovative projects.

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