About the Center
The Center for Art and Public Life was created in 1998 to enrich educational and artistic practice at California College of the Arts.
Director Sanjit Sethi, Center for Art and Public Life
The Center's mission is to create community partnerships based on creative practice that serve the college and the diverse population of Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond.
Our programming is woven across disciplines into the structure of the college and delivered through a variety of academic, professional, extracurricular, and experimental approaches.
The Center focuses on important issues in community development, service learning in arts education, new models of practice in community-based arts, and cultural diversity and youth development through the arts.
The Center's Mission
The Center for Art and Public Life accomplishes its mission in several unique ways:
- Working in partnership to help meet pressing needs of the community by providing creative materials, labor, imagination, inspiration, and educational resources
- Enriching the CCA student and faculty experience through creative work in the community
- Developing models for integrating reciprocal, community-based learning into formal education for artists, architects, and designers nationwide