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Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 by Samantha Braman

Christine Wong Yap during The Great Balloon Giveaway, June 5, 2010 (photo: Paul Kuroda / Kuroda Visuals)

Every artist has an inspiration, whether it is another person, a piece of art, or something more abstract. For two-time CCA alum Christine Wong Yap (Printmaking 1998, MFA 2007), positive psychology is her inspiration and fuel. Positive psychology is about finding and nurturing one's talents to make normal life more fulfilling; it focuses on what you have, not what you don't have.

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Posted on Friday, October 1, 2010 by Samantha Braman

From Bridget Riley to Gustav Klimt to Vivienne Westwood: What could they possibly have in common, you might ask? All are fodder for the active imagination and globe-trotting practice of textile artist Morgan Bajardi (Textiles 2009).

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Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 by Samantha Braman

James McLeod works with Hebron glass masters at the al-Natsheh factory

Among the many destructive effects of the current political discord in the Middle East is the disruption of ancient local glassmaking traditions. CCA alumnus James McLeod (Glass 2002) experienced firsthand the precariousness of this rich thread of knowledge during a 2007 trip to Istanbul to teach a glassblowing workshop. Upon his return he was committed to founding Floating World Projects. The project is dedicated to transcending cultural stereotypes and prejudices via arts education and artistic collaboration.

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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Congratulations to CCA Industrial Design students Erin Fong, Ryan David Francis, and Marc Levinson, all finalists among 814 participants, who were each awarded an honorable mention at the 23rd Annual Koizumi International Design Lighting Competition for Students, a significantly competitive international competition for lighting design students, whose objective it is to "promote promising youth and improve the cultural lighting situation."

Erin Fong — Quintet
Ryan David Francis — Triode Safety Light

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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.)

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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 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 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.

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