Center for Art and Public Life News

Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

The Nave—a grand hall located in CCA’s iconic academic building in San Francisco—provides a dramatic, versatile space to showcase large works of art and group exhibitions.

The California College of the Arts is proud to present a robust line-up of public programming to the San Francisco Bay Area. This fall, CCA will have a number of affiliated events for the much-anticipated Global Climate Action Summit, including the official launch of the award-winning Architectural Ecologies Lab, which exemplify the college’s commitment to sustainability.

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

Left: Courtesy of Hatch Workshop. Right: Courtesy of House 9.

California College of the Arts is proud to announce Hatch Workshop and House9 as the two winning teams of the college’s annual IMPACT Award, presented by CCA’s Center for Art + Public Life. This CCA-wide competition for students, alumni, faculty, and staff provides a $25,000 award to each winning team, as well as a robust network of resources and partnerships to enable teams to complete their projects over the course of one year.

Posted on Friday, April 27, 2018 by Lindsey DeVries

ActivateOpenEngagement Class, Spring 2018.

Faculty members Shalini Agrawal and Chris Treggiari received the 2018 IDEC Community Service Award from the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) for their work with the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center (MNRC) in San Francisco. This award recognizes their work engaging the community experiencing homelessness in the Mission neighborhood to collaborate on creative placemaking solutions with their Interior Design Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio class, Activate Open Engagement, with support from the chair of Interior Design Cathrine Veikos.

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Emily Viemeister

A Project by CCA's Center for Art + Public Life

Last week, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) awarded members of the CCA community for their contributions to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area through design. 

CCA's Center for Art + Public Life and Architecture Professor Sandra Vivanco were awarded for excellence in advancing architectural education through teaching, design, scholarship, research + service.

Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by Alex Madison

As outlined in the introduction to California College of the Arts (CCA), its Center for Arts and Public Life (CAPL) enriches education and artistic practice at CCA by developing programs that operate at the intersection of art, education, and community.

In addition to annual scholarship opportunities, micro-grant offerings, and the annual Creative Sprint event, the Center’s recurring, semester-long, community-facing initiatives are Engage (curriculum-based engagement), CCA Connects (externship partnerships), and the IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards which provides student teams with up to $10,000 to develop and actualize a socially innovative project.

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Laura Braun

CCA’s ongoing commitment to putting students on track to lucrative careers in the arts via internships and externships has yielded sought-after partnerships and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students throughout the college.

Get Connected

The CCA CONNECTS program, which matches students with externship opportunities in the Bay Area arts community, is one example of how students can make the leap from their studio practice to real-world experience.

Recently, fine arts students were teamed up with outreach programs like First Exposures, where photography mentors are paired with at-risk youth to explore the medium in a safe and stable environment.

Other CCA CONNECTS participating organizations have included Creativity Explored, SOMArts Cultural Center, Galería de la Raza, and surrounding elementary and high schools.

Reaching outward to community partners provides artists with opportunities in today’s job market that are as diverse as they are plentiful.


Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Laura Kenney

February is Black History Month; to mark the occasion CCA is highlighting a few of the compelling projects created by members of our vibrant community.

From our Diversity Studies program (formerly Black Studies), founded in 1970, to our various coalitions and organizations celebrating our diverse community to our Oakland mural championing cultural change and social justice, we are immensely proud of CCA’s unique and welcoming population of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Here are just a few CCA-related artists whose work explores black history, culture, and identity.

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016 by Laura Braun

“We just wanted to create a sacred space,” said Treggiari, an adjunct professor at the California College of the Arts. “We just wanted to get people talking and thinking and sharing.”

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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 by Laura Braun

“Visual work really lends itself to all the different social media that we have access to right now,” said Christian Frock, a scholar in residence at the California College for the Arts who studies the intersection of art and politics and a regular contributor to KQED Arts.

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Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley 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.