Our Mission

The Center for Art and Public Life believes engaging communities is the foundation of a practice focused on changing the world.

We integrate this within California College of the Arts by facilitating and supporting mutually beneficial partnerships with the college and outside organizations.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which creative practitioners collaborate with a diversity of communities to manifest equitable and sustainable change.

Our Values

Creative practitioners have historically engaged communities in myriad ways. Whether referring to it as “community engagement,” “participatory practice,” or “public interest design/practice,” the Center grounds its work in core values and processes drawn directly from our own experiences, as well as inspired by those of peer educational programs like Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service and revered community practitioners like Data Center: Research for Justice.


Creativity | Accessibility | Co-Ideation | Accountability | Cultural Humility | Diversity | Equity | Reciprocity


Active Listening | Developing Shared Expectations | Engaged Research | Personal + Professional Reflection | Collaborative Making | Responsive Iteration | Assessment