Letter from the President: Fall 2016

CCA letter from the president 2016

Dear CCA Community & Friends,

The fall semester is in full swing here at CCA and our calendar is filled to the brim with exhibition openings, events, lectures, and symposia. I wanted to take a moment to share some good news with you.

We Won! XQ Super School Prize

The shared goal of all progressive educators is to provide an engaging and effective educational experience that will better prepare young people for the challenges of our ever-changing world. I am thrilled to announce that CCA's team was one of ten to win the coveted XQ Super School prize sponsored by Laurene Powell Jobs.

Over 700 teams submitted proposals to reimagine high school education. Our submission is distinguished by its vision of a personalized learning model that empowers students to set individual goals, develop critical thinking skills, and practice habits of success that will help them succeed in college, career, and life.

Summit Schools will develop this innovative high school in Oakland in partnership with CCA, Oakland Unified School District, the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf, Gensler, and Silicon School Fund. The proposal calls for CCA to form a network of alumni, students, and faculty to serve as advisors and mentors for the Summit students.

It's thrilling to know that art and design will play an important role in shaping the education of our young people. Read more.

Campus Planning Update

Framing the Future

In my last letter I wrote to you about CCA's exciting plans to unify and reshape our campuses in the next five years. This bold step toward the future aims to significantly strengthen the educational experience of our students and dramatically expand our impact on the fields of art, architecture, design, and writing—and beyond.

In June 2015 we completed the first phase of the project with Gensler and MKThink to produce a strategic framework for planning (Framing the Future). In May 2016 Jensen Architects finished their work to develop the next phase of the plan, which was delineating requirements for the space types outlined in Gensler's report.

More than 300 faculty, staff, students, and alumni were involved in this phase of the project.

Now we are actively seeking an architectural firm to design CCA's future unified campus. Over 100 CCA community members responded to our request for nominations, and more than 75 unique firms were identified. A committee of trustees, faculty, and staff reviewed the nominations and sent requests for qualifications (RFQ) to 14 of the firms.

The committee will meet again this month to review the responses and select three finalists. Representatives from the finalist firms will give one-hour presentations on October 21, 25, and 28. All presentations begin at 12:30 p.m. in Timken Lecture Hall and are open to the entire CCA community.

(The sessions will be recorded and posted online.) This is an exciting moment for CCA, and we want you to be part of it!

You'll be hearing more from us on this topic in the near future. For the latest updates, visit the campus planning blog.

Academic Leadership

New Dean of Fine Arts

I'm delighted to welcome new faculty and academic leaders to the CCA community. They and their colleagues are the backbone of CCA—vital to ensuring academic excellence and enriching our community.

Following a national search, we selected James Voorhies as our new dean of Fine Arts. He was the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, where he led a contemporary arts program dedicated to the synthesis of art, design, and education through exhibition of existing works and production of new commissions and residencies.

New Fashion Design Chair

John Bauernfeind, new chair of Fashion Design and tenure-track faculty member, has worked for several national and international fashion companies and has extensive teaching experience.

Read more about new faces in Animation, Architecture, Ceramics, Diversity Studies, and Visual Studies.

Alumni & Family Weekend November 12–13

This is one of my favorite events of the year and I hope you'll consider joining us. It's a wonderful opportunity to spend time with faculty and connect with friends, revisit familiar spaces and explore new facilities, and attend presentations by leaders in the art and design community.

You'll also learn more about our plans for the future of CCA. Events take place on both campuses and are open to alumni, students, and their families.

For more information, contact alumni@cca.edu.

Register now!

An Afternoon with David Sedaris November 13

America's foremost humorists, David Sedaris, once again has very generously offered his time and talents to help raise funds for the CCA Scholarship Program.

The college devotes a significant amount to student scholarships; two out of three undergraduates receive scholarship support of some kind.

The sold-out event takes place at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.

Moving Forward

As I see our plans moving forward, I am excited about the future of CCA. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to significantly strengthen the education we offer our students and to expand our impact.

Thank you for your continued interest and support.