Diversity News

Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Alum Rommel Taylor (BArch 1999) and SFNOMA instructor [photo: Jim Norrena]

SFNOMA may sound like the newest fashionable neighborhood in San Francisco, or even a new museum, but it stands for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, whose first Summer Architecture Workshop 2010, targeting middle-school students, took place on CCA’s San Francisco campus July 15–17.

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Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Film festival by film festival, CCA alumnus and filmmaker Etienne Kallos (Film/Video 1997) is gaining renown on the international scene. His short films have screened at numerous festivals, including Cannes (2006), Berlin (2006), Sundance (2007), Telluride (2009), and Venice (2009). He frames much of his work around his unique perspective as a Greek from South Africa, as well as the exploration of sexuality and masculine identity.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 by Samantha Braman

You've surely heard the term "sister cities," but what does it actually mean? And here's an even tougher one: Name even one of San Francisco's sisters.

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Posted on Monday, August 9, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Andrew Guiyangco (Animation 2011) and Yesenia Ayala (Animation 2010)

CCA's Animation Program, launched in 2007, has already gained a stellar reputation for sending its students off excellently prepared for professional life. The chair of the department is Andrew Lyndon, whose job as a digital imaging and video instructor at Pixar Animation Studios has helped create invaluable connections with that company.

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Posted on Monday, August 2, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages
Tuttle Publishing, 2010
Hardcover, 32 pages, $16.95

This book collects English-language nursery rhymes and songs with their counterparts from China, illustrated by Kieren Dutcher (Individualized Major 1984), whose brightly colored illustrations feature a multiethnic cast of children and adults. The book is organized into themes: "Outside," "Inside," "Party," "Play," and "Night." "Hickory Dickory Dock" shares a spread with "Little Mouse," a rhyme about a mouse that climbed a lamp to eat the oil and can't get down. The Chinese rhymes are presented in simplified characters, pinyin Romanization.

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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.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Last year BusinessWeek magazine ranked alumna Caroline Lu (MFA Design 2008) among the “twenty-one people who will change business." The industry-leading magazine also distinguished California College of the Arts as one of the “world’s best design schools,” for its commitment to a cross-disciplinary curriculum that "defies inclinations and shatters silos."

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Posted on Friday, July 2, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Chelsea Ryoko Wong (BFA Printmaking 2010), first Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency awardeeView slideshow 

A recent community partnership between California College of the Arts and Kala Art Institute in Berkeley has given rise to the new CCA Hamaguchi Emerging Artist Residency at Kala. It represents a rich collaboration between the two institutions that creates a special opportunity for a recent BFA Printmaking graduate to work in a professional setting with other artists from all over the world.

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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.

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Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009 by Jim Norrena

Professor Opal Palmer Adisa teaches in CCA's MFA Program in Writing and Diversity Studies ProgramView slideshow 

CCA MFA Program in Writing and Diversity Studies professor Opal Palmer Adisa, PhD has been accepted to partake in the inaugural El Gouna Writers' Residency program this June, where she will join five additional invited writers from different countries and cultures.

The program is scheduled to host three one-month sessions a year during the months of February, May, and June in 2010.

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