Honoring Oakland

As we get ready to bring all of our programs to San Francisco in 2021-22, how are we planning to honor our legacy in Oakland? 

Read the following article from our recent issue of Glance to find out more. The full issue is online here

Honoring Oakland 

The Arts & Crafts movement is the cornerstone of our pedagogical and ideological value system. 

CCA’s founder, Frederick Meyer, brought the practical idealism of this movement to bear when he founded the School of the California Guild of Arts & Crafts in the Studio Building, one block from the UC Berkeley campus, in 1907. Several years and three moves later, the college has called its Broadway Avenue campus home since 1923. 

As programs grew and evolved, the college purchased a second campus in San Francisco in 1996 to expand its footprint and make room for new disciplines. While this worked well for a time, in recent years it grew more challenging to fulfill Meyer’s vision for fusing theory and practice among craftspeople, designers, and artists across two campuses separated by a bay. As a result, CCA began exploring unification in San Francisco, where there is enough land to accommodate the entire organization. 

Change is never easy, and as we look to our future campus in San Francisco, we want to honor our rich history in Oakland by leaving a lasting legacy in support of the arts. We want this legacy project to be accessible to the public and to improve the quality of life for the community. 

To fulfill these goals, we entered into a preliminary range of options for the Oakland campus that benefit the greater community and celebrate CCA’s history. 

CCA Oakland faculty leadership, as well as staff, trustees, alumni, and the ECB/Emerald team worked together during a visioning process to develop a range of options to explore. Ideas under consideration include: the preservation of key historic campus building sand landscape; permanently affordable artist housing and the creation of spaces dedicated to artists and the arts; much-needed market rate housing; and enhancing public access to the site. 

These ideas are a starting point for what we believe will be a meaningful collaboration. Over the next few months, we are working closely with our new partners to involve the CCA community, neighbors, and other interested groups in our process. We also are organizing a committee to imagine ways in which we can celebrate our history on the site through events, the creation of artwork, exhibitions and more. At the same time, we are organizing a series of public meetings for our neighbors in Rockridge. 

We invite your feedback and encourage people to reach out to campusplanning@cca.edu for more information on our plans for Oakland, or to get involved and become part of the process. Visit cca.edu/new-campus for the latest updates on campus unification.