Diversity News

Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by Maggie Beasley

Arleene Correa working in her studio

Source: Hyperallergic

In March of this year, I had a conversation with Arleene Correa, an undocumented art student originally from Mexico, who is attending California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. We talked about the hurdles to becoming a student, maintaining the highest possible grade point average, fighting invisibility, and scratching to find the funding to meet the tuition which is upwards of $23,000 per year.

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Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Jim Norrena

David HuffmanView slideshow 

It’s been a banner year for painter and installation artist David Huffman (Painting/Drawing 1986, MFA 1998), a tenured faculty member of CCA’s Painting/Drawing and MFA in Fine Arts programs.

In fact, it’s been his busiest year ever -- five exhibitions, including two solo shows, one at Roberts and Tilton in Los Angeles and another at Anglim Gilbert Gallery in San Francisco. Both exhibitions focused on his most recent work: multilayered paintings that explore the politics of race using the basketball and hoop netting as conceptual elements.

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Laura Braun

“A lot of people seemed to know who I was more than I did,” the animation student at the California College of the Arts told HuffPost. “They would tell me what to be or how I should act based on my heritage.”

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by Laura Braun

Mokri and his family fled Iran during the 1979 revolution. He then earned degrees from both the Rhode Island School of Design and California College of the Arts. As an Iranian, Mokri diverges from the “typical” image of an Asian American.

Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Laura Braun

Every year, the graduating curatorial practice students at California College of the Arts organize a culminating thesis exhibition of their own choosing. Often, the group looks back, using the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts as a space in which to recontextualize a moment in history through the lens of their particular curatorial conceit.

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Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Highest filmmaking honors went to Barry Jenkins, a former visiting Film faculty member and Cinema Visionaries guest lecturer, at the 89th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles February 26. His film Moonlight won the Best Picture Oscar, bringing to three the film's total number of Academy Awards.

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 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Jim Norrena

It Is What It Is - Trailer

Second-year MFA in Film student Cyrus Yoshi Tabar's short documentary It Is What it Is will screen as part of the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival, taking place January 20-26 in Park City, Utah.

This marks the first time a CCA graduate Film student has earned such an honor.

The short documentary will also have its California / Bay Area premiere at CAAMFest35 (Asian American International Film Festival) in San Francisco March 19 at 12:10 p.m., preceding the documentary Random Acts of Legacy (directed by Ali Kazimi).

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2017 by Jim Norrena

Janelle Monae and "Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Editor's Note: It was announced January 24 Barry Jenkins' Moonlight was nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Civil Labs is a social enterprise supporting youth development in the Bay Area.

Students in CCA's DMBA program were lucky enough to host a design sprint with the cofounders of Civil Labs as well as with some very special guests. Civil Labs is a social enterprise supporting youth development in the Bay Area.

“Civil Labs exists to empower young people to make change in their community and give them the resources to do so.”

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