Community Arts News

Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Samantha Braman

(This is the first of four installments describing highlights of the spring 2010 ENGAGE at CCA courses. You can also download the whole story as it appeared in Glance, CCA's college magazine.)

"Art school can definitely put you in a kind of bubble. But it can also help you break out of the bubble."

So said one of the 140 students (although more of them were thinking it!) coming up for air after one of the most intense and immersive experiences of their college careers thus far: ENGAGE at CCA.

This new group of project-based courses is an outgrowth of several decades of community-centered work by CCA students and faculty. This past spring more than 140 students, enrolled in 10 different courses, did everything from creating ceramic nesting modules for threatened bird species at Ano Nuevo Island to designing new systems for elders at Bethany Center Senior Housing. More than a dozen new courses are happening this academic year, including a Writing course with San Quentin State Prison, a Textiles course with Zen Hospice Project, and a Community Arts course with La Cocina (the San Francisco "incubator kitchen" for women).

Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 by Jason Engelund

This fall the performance group We Players will present Shakespeare's Hamlet on Alcatraz Island, and recent graduate Anna Whitehead (MFA Social Practice 2010) has been heavily involved in the project. She was awarded a Center Student Grant to work with at-risk youth, people incarcerated, and people on probation to create large-scale puppets and masks that will be used in the play. Hamlet opens Saturday, October 2, and continues through November 21.

Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Huffington Post has just published a wonderful story about CCA faculty member Claudia Bernardi and the great work she is doing around the world.

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In August CCA alumna Maria Ryan (BFA Sculpture 2005) started a community arts project in Africa. Maria emailed over the summer letting me know of her continued community arts practice as well as her upcoming project in Uganda. (Below is an interview with Maria Ryan (MR) and Center for Art in Public Life Design and Marketing Manager Jason Engelund (JE) conducted prior and following Maria's travels.)

Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 by Jason Engelund

Applications for Community Service Fellows (CSF) positions are being accepted September 3–17

The Community Student Fellows program offers work-study opportunities in arts education and community arts to CCA students across all disciplines. CSFs are trained and work in schools and community organizations throughout the Bay Area. Students—sophomore through graduate level—are eligible to apply. (Second-semester freshmen are eligible to apply for spring semester positions.)

Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Ebony Iman Dallas (MFA Design 2009)View slideshow 

Since graduating from CCA just one year ago, Ebony Iman Dallas (MFA Design 2009) has already done an immense amount of work promoting social justice through art. Her biggest and most important effort has been the founding of Afrikanation Artists Organization, based in Hargeisa, Somaliland, which empowers artists by building a more grounded foundation for the arts in communities lacking resources or opportunities to do so themselves.

Posted on Monday, July 12, 2010 by Jason Engelund

The School of Art and Open Studio of Perquin is a community-based, collaborative art project created in El Salvador that is now expanding to Guatemala, Columbia, and Canada.

Posted on Sunday, June 20, 2010 by Jim Norrena

(l to r) CCA chairs Julian Carter, Melinda L. de Jesús, and Tirza Latimer at the diversity conference [photo: Jim Norrena]

The “Doing ‘Diversity’: Making It or Faking It?” conference was the first-of-its-kind, all-day planning and discussion meeting devoted specifically to the issues of diversity representation and celebration here at California College of the Arts. The discussion panels laid the groundwork for the college to ratchet up its commitment to fostering greater diversity at CCA.

Posted on Thursday, June 3, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA is happy to congratulate Claudia Bernardi (Community Arts faculty) for winning the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI) 2009-10 Sustainable Visions and Values Award. This annual award recognizes an individual or organization who exemplifies IBAVI's mission through extraordinary research, education, and service.

Posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 by Jason Engelund

"It's about how creative practices can address real-world needs."
-Sanjit Sethi, codirector, Center for Art and Public Life

Activated across CCA's academic programs, ENGAGE at CCA serves as a hub to connect interested faculty and students to community partners and relevant outside experts.

Please join us at public events throughout the Bay Area for presentations and exhibitions of work from some of this spring's ENGAGE at CCA courses.

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