ENGAGE at CCA 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, October 26, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Q. Your job involves a lot of international travel. What are some global trends in art and design education?

The overarching trend is simply the belief that art and design education has become more important—that it’s a lively, dynamic field. Creativity and innovation are the most valuable currencies of our time. We hear that China has started around 1,000 new art and design programs in the last 10 to 15 years, and there are similar government-led education initiatives across the globe, particularly in Asia (including India), starting at the primary and secondary school levels.

The premise is that the new global economy will be built on the creative industries, and there will be more professional opportunities and more spheres of influence for artists and designers. In much of Asia, traditional ways of teaching and learning are not seen as conducive to creativity and innovation. When I’m over there I’m often asked questions about how to teach and instill creativity.

Posted on Saturday, October 2, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Caracas, a vertical-growing system on display at West Coast Green in San FranciscoView slideshow 

San Francisco's West Coast Green, the preeminent symposium on green innovation, took place at Fort Mason from Thursday to Sunday, September 30 through October 2, and included four pieces of work by Diversity Studies faculty member Lauren Elder.

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 by Grace Lee

Feeling stressed? Student Affairs offers FREE yoga and capoiera classes to all CCA students, staff and faculty throughout the year.

Yoga
Instructor: Sharanjit Sandhu

Mondays, 7:30 – 9pm B1 (OAK)
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9pm, GC5 (SF)

Capoiera
Instructor: Jamel Lindsey

Mondays, 7:30 – 9pm, A2 Cafe (OAK)
Fridays, 7:30 – 9pm, A2 Cafe (OAK)

For more information email .

Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

In spring 2010 Aimee Phan, CCA Writing and Literature chair, led ENGAGE at CCA: 826 Valencia Book Project. In this course, students collaborated with 826 Valencia to mentor high school students in essay writing, in preparation for a book release.

The college's ENGAGE at CCA initiative acts as a hub to connect CCA students and faculty with a world outside the classroom by using creative practices to solve pressing social needs.

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Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Jason Engelund

This past semester participants in the ENGAGE at CCA course "Designing Ecology with Año Neuvo Island" designed, built, and deployed nesting modules for rhinoceros aucklets, an endangered sea bird. CCA Ceramics chair Nathan Lynch and his students collaborated with Oikonos eco-science nonprofit and REBAR art, design, and social activism group to design the nesting modules now in place on the island. Last report from the team was the birds are doing well in their new homes!

Posted on Thursday, September 2, 2010 by Jason Engelund

This spring (2012) Anne Wolf will collaborate with the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco to teach her course "Presence and Absence," which is part of the college's ENGAGE at CCA initiative. Students enrolled in the course will focus their studies on end-of-life care, as they create a series of memorial pillows for the organization's newly renovated Guest House.

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