California College of the Arts Presents the 2017 MA in Social Practice & Public Forms Thesis Exhibition


San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2017 -– Presenting projects researched and manifested in the past academic year, California College of the Arts (CCA) MA Social Practice & Public Forms students Jackie Katz and Xenia Moseley examine social imaginaries and poetic encounters through the lens of collective theater making and the exploration of stranger-ness and belonging.

Featuring explorations, research, and documentation in the form of video, text, and interactive participatory activities, this exhibition and all related events are free and open to the public.

About Jackie Katz

Jackie Katz is a Canadian educator who has volunteered offering arts-based learning opportunities and peer mentoring in refugee centers for over 12 years in both Canada and the U.S.

She is one of eight members who founded the non-profit play:groundNYC, an Adventure Playground on Governor’s Island in New York City providing vast outdoor space for young people to imagine and build their own play spaces.

She is an unfaltering advocate for children’s rights and is currently writing her thesis based on a devised theatre piece that puts young people in the position of the educators and leaders of our society. Last summer, Jackie led an arts-based summer program for over 100 Syrian children who had recently arrived in Hamilton, Canada.

About Xenia Moseley

Xenia Moseley's work sparks conversation and creativity among strangers through thoughtfully designed objects and interactions.

She studies people, sites and events that are strange to her in order to learn from others, and articulates her findings into engagements that promote empathy and champion community within society. This takes whichever form is most appropriate: furniture, documentary film, zines, song, online platforms, performance or workshop facilitation.

A Series of Poetic Encounters

All events will take place at Hubbell Street Galleries and are free and open to the public.

Social Imaginaries

Reading Groups co-facilitated by CCA faculty and student teams

  • Tuesday, August 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: An open discussion on Part One of Martin Buber’s I and Thou
  • Tuesday, August 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: An open discussion on Charles Taylor’s Modernity and the Rise of the Public Sphere
  • Thursday, August 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m.: An open discussion on Ted Purves’ essay Blows Against the Empire


  • Tuesday, August 8, 6 - 7 p.m.: Artist Talk with the creators of the play Stellarvisions from Brightworks School
  • Thursday, August 10, 2 - 4 p.m.: (kids only) Radio Testing, Spaceship Design, and Think Tank
  • Sunday, August 13, 2 - 4 p.m.: (kids only) A Stellarvisions Live Radio Drama
  • Wednesday, August 16, 3 - 5 p.m.: Educator Think Tank -- Creative Spaces for Young People to Consider Futures

About CCA's MA in Social Practice & Public Forms

The MA in Social Practice & Public Forms Program provides an intensive, experiential grounding in contemporary creative practices in the public sphere.

The program is designed for creative practitioners -- both artists and public-interest designers -- who are ready for a deeper immersion in the theory and practice of public art, and who desire substantive field experience and critical research skills.

The curriculum immerses students in the discourse of a socially engaged arts practice, providing opportunities to work contextually in a variety of public spaces, including urban environments, local communities, online spaces, and institutional structures. Students engage in site-specific projects, community collaborations, public interventions, and activist art practices.

About California College of the Arts

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) educates the creative leaders of tomorrow to make powerful contributions to society. CCA’s distinctive project-based educational model emphasizes interdisciplinary experimentation, risk-taking, and innovation.

CCA offers a rich curriculum of 22 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs in art, design, architecture, and writing taught by a faculty of expert practitioners and attracts promising students from across the United States and from 54 countries around the world. Graduates are highly sought after by companies such as Pixar/Disney, Apple, Intel, Facebook, Gensler, Google, IDEO, Autodesk, Mattel, and Nike, and many have launched their own successful businesses.

Alumni and faculty have received top honors in their fields including Academy Awards, Rhodes Scholarships, Fulbright Scholarships, Emmy Awards, the Ordway Prize, the Rome Prize, the MacArthur Award, AIGA Medals, and the National Medal of Arts. Visit cca.edufor more information.

Contact: Chris Bliss,, 415.703.9545