Social Practice News

Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017 by Chris Bliss

San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2017 -– Presenting projects researched and manifested in the past academic year, California College of the Arts (CCA) MA Social Practice & Public Forms students Jackie Katz and Xenia Moseley examine social imaginaries and poetic encounters through the lens of collective theater making and the exploration of stranger-ness and belonging.

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Laura Braun

In 2005, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco started offering the first fine arts program with a concentration on social practice art, and the Guggenheim recently began a new social practice initiative. Amid much uproar, the prestigious Turner Prize was awarded in 2015 to Assemble, a British collective of architects who transform neglected public spaces through community engagement.

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016 by Laura Braun

This Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama will present National Arts and Humanities Youth Awards to Bay Area groups — San Francisco’s Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and Santa Rosa’s California Indian Museum and Cultural Center — for their work with young people.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by Laura Braun

Inaugurated in 2005, the Social Practice Workshop at California College of the Arts (CCA) was the first Master’s level curriculum of its kind in the United States. Since then, the field of socially engaged art has continued to change and expand, and with that evolution, new questions about academic and professional preparation of practitioners in this creative realm have developed.

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

Indeed, while such approaches to art making are popular in virtually all academic environments, Oakland’s California College of the Arts claims the distinction of having created the first master of fine arts degree in social practice, in 2005.

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016 by Megan Clark

Ashley Saks (MFA 2010) & Radka Pulliam (MFA 2011) with staff of Bay Area Youth On-Air

The Center for Art and Public Life (the Center) at California College of the Arts is pleased to announce the honorees of the 2016 CCA Community-Engaged Practice Awards:

CCA will issue to each of the above an official letter of commendation, feature them in a compendium of Community-Engaged Practice honorees (to be released in fall 2016), and celebrate them in an exhibition from October 3 to 15 at CCA’s College Avenue Galleries at the Oakland campus, which will include an opening panel and reception on Wednesday, October 5.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.  

Posted on Monday, April 11, 2016 by Jim Norrena

On Thursday, April 7, Center for Art and Public Life (CAPL) at California College of the Arts presented the spring 2016 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards, at which three juried interdisciplinary teams each were awarded a $10,000 grant to create innovative and creative solutions to social problems by collaborating with community experts and partners.

Through such grants, the awards program enables a new generation of creative innovators to develop meaningful social change. Students are challenged to apply their critical and creative problem-solving skills to make a difference locally, nationally, and internationally by developing proposals and facilitating actionable next steps.

In the spring CAPL received an unprecedented amount of grant proposals from undergraduate and graduate students across 15 different disciplines with project sites in San Francisco, Utah, India, Pakistan, China, and Columbia.


Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

The first academic concentration in the field dates to just 2005, at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Since then, at least 10 other institutions have established master’s-level degree programs in social practice art (sometimes called community engagement, contextual practice or socially engaged art-making). Many others have added classes, minors, concentrations and certificate programs.

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Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 by

In 2005, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco established the first of many MFA programs in social practice, prior to the founding of SPARC (Social Practice Arts Research Center) at the nearby University of California, Santa Cruz. Support also comes from foundations such as the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, nonprofit arts organizations such as Creative Time, and some museums, most notably the Queens Museum of Art, New York, which commissions projects by social practice artists who work with immigrants.