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Posted on Monday, March 21, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Join us at the many events scheduled to celebrate CCA's 2011 graduating class

Note: This page showcases the wide selection of end-of-year events CCA hosted in 2011. Events listed here are for illustrative purposes only; all events have passed.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

Mentor Alicia Escott (MFA 2009) at the January kickoff sessionView slideshow 

CCA's new Alumni/Student Mentorship Program connects students with alumni for a semester of one-on-one mentoring sessions. The alumni draw on their own experiences and expertise to provide the students with professional advice, encouragement, inspiration, and realistic critiques.

The pilot session began in spring 2010, with 10 fine arts alumni matched with 10 third-year and fourth-year students in fine arts programs. It was so successful that the program has doubled its numbers in spring 2011, matching 20 alumni with 20 students.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 by Samantha Braman

(This is the third 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.)

Community Partner Organization: Bethany Center Senior Housing, San Francisco

CCA Faculty Leaders: Rachel Robinette and Charlie Sheldon, Design

Outside Experts: Patricia Moore, designer and gerontologist; Jump Associates; Wayne Pan of Affinity Medical Solutions and SciMed Partners Inc.; Anna Cwirko-Godycki of the U.S. Administration on Aging

Goal: Define pragmatic, cost-effective design solutions that benefit elder residents and administrators at Bethany Center

Bethany Center is a progressive, publicly subsidized, low-income, 133-unit elder living facility in San Francisco's Mission District. Its population is incredibly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, language, and the residents' personal histories. It also has a specific policy of encouraging and welcoming the arts, which made it an obvious ENGAGE match for faculty leaders Rachel Robinette and Charlie Sheldon.

"The Bethany Center was really excited to get a fresh take on its problems -- which are mostly centered on communications, residential life, and community engagement -- from a design perspective," says Sheldon.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Global Experiences, a leading provider of customized international internships has a number of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) internships available in Washington, DC and Dublin Ireland. Both organizations are well known for their long time commitment to human rights and LBGT related issues worldwide.

A variety of career areas are still available including family adoption, event planning, community relations, communications/marketing, and peer education.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

Cianna Valley (Printmaking 2011) came to CCA from Hawaii intending to major in Graphic Design. After her her first-year experience with jewelry and bookmaking, she joined the fine arts division, where she’s been ever since.

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Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 by Samantha Braman

(This is the second 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.)

Community Partner Organization: Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland

CCA Faculty Leader: Russell Baldon, Furniture

Outside Expert: Justin Champaign of Coalesse

Goal: Create functional, attractive, and affordable tables for Lighthouse’s new K–12 library

Course blog: Visit the course-specific blog

Do you remember your grade-school library? Probably fondly. Do you remember the furniture? Probably not at all.

This course set out to change that, for at least a few kids, at Lighthouse Community Charter School. Furniture chair Russell Baldon had wanted to work with Lighthouse for years, knowing that its predominantly inner-city Latino students would benefit tremendously from exposure to the design world. Even before he knew about ENGAGE's impending launch, he'd already been in touch with Lighthouse's director of development and with Justin Champaign, an industrial designer at the furniture firm Coalesse, about some sort of collaboration. (Champaign is also a CCA Furniture 2007 alum.) "When I heard the rumor that ENGAGE was coming," Baldon says, "I saw this course as a natural fit."

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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by Russell Baldon

Barbara Holmes, "Tacoma," reclaimed Redwood lath, 144 x 480 x 36 in.

Work by CCA's Furniture faculty, including chair Russell Baldon, Donald Fortescue, and Barbara Holmes, is currently on display at the Petaluma Arts Center in the North Bay.

The exhibit, which runs through March 13, 2011, includes a gallery of Furniture Program student and alumni work, featuring pieces by Noah Brezel, Liz Koener, Michele Marti, Luke Nickerson, and Andrew Perkins.

From the Petaluma Arts Center

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Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Monthly Free-Admission Days

First Sunday of the month
Asian Art Museum (also $5 admission after 5 p.m. every Thursday)

Second Sunday of the month
Oakland Museum of California

First Tuesday of the month
California Historical Society
Cartoon Art Museum

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Posted on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by Jim Norrena

What Is Humble Pie?

Humble Pie is the undergraduate literary journal written and published by students enrolled in the Literature and Writing Program at California College of the Arts, which is part of the college's Humanities and Sciences Division.

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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).

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