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20|20 Foto lead a photography workshop created to empower youth affected by the femicides in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
Film, Cultural Identity, Impact Awards, Spring 2013, MFA in Fine Arts, Photography, Sculpture, Visual and Critical Studies, Youth
Working with SF Jazz, Active Urbanism worked with the local community to develop bottom-up activation of Hayes Valley’s alleyways.
Architecture, Community/Neighborhoods, Cultural Institution, Engage at CCA, Fall 2013
Alemany Outdoor Kitchen
Tackling the need for outdoor cooking space at Alemany Farms, the IMPACT Award Team built a kitchen from scratch.
Architecture, Summer 2012, Community/Neighborhoods, Impact Awards, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Multidisciplinary, Nutrition/Food
Año Nuevo Island
An interdisciplinary group of students, ranging in majors from Ceramics to Architecture, were invited to explore the relationship between clay and wildlife ecology in the inaugural Año Nuevo Island course at CCA.
Spring 2010, Ceramics, Engage at CCA, Environment / Natural Systems
Architecture Live Projects
How might creative institutions begin to address issues of pressing social, environmental and economic need? And, what does it mean for students of creative disciplines to engage in the “real world”?
Pedagogy, Scholarship, Spring 2014, Multidisciplinary
CCA and ARISE High School art students researched Oakland history and collaborated on the creation of a 30-foot mural installation at the Fruitvale BART Station.
Community/Neighborhoods, Diversity Studies, Engage at CCA, Spring 2014, Education
The U.S. Census does not represent an accurate number of Arab Americans. ENGAGE students gathered personal narratives from Arab American individuals living in the Bay Area.
Cultural Identity, Cultural Institution, Fall 2014, Diversity Studies, Engage at CCA
Children's Creativity Museum
Externs apply their art and design skills to furthering what Children’s Creativity Museum list as the needed three Cs of 21st century skills: Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication.
Ongoing, CCA Connects, Multidisciplinary, Youth
Working as studio teaching assistants, CONNECTS Externs cultivate individualized projects geared towards the skills and interests of developmentally disabled CE artists
Ongoing, CCA Connects, Developmental Disabilities, Multidisciplinary
Partnering with San Francisco Nonprofit Simply the Basics, Dahlia developed materials for a strategic marketing campaign
Summer 2016, Community/Neighborhoods, Impact Awards, Housing/Homelessness, Multidisciplinary
DeWonna and I
"DeWonna and I" offered a platform for Harrison residents to speak about the adversity people with drug and alcohol dependency experience. It brought awareness to perspectives that are normally invisible in the broader society.
Film, Center Micro Grants, Fall 2013, Housing/Homelessness
Dolores Shelter Program
Working to improve dormitory space at the Dolores Shelter in San Francisco, Interior Design students planned spaces to empower improve privacy for transgender guests.
Fall 2011, Engage at CCA, Interior Design, Housing/Homelessness, LGBTQ Identity
Interdisciplinary art students collaborated with developmentally disabled artists working at Creativity Explored in San Francisco to put their concepts into action.
Fall 2012, Developmental Disabilities, Engage at CCA, Multidisciplinary
The Harrison Hotel, a residence for the formerly homeless, in Downtown Oakland, marked the site of collaboration and community building between students and residents for a mural series.
Spring 2012, Community/Neighborhoods, Diversity Studies, Engage at CCA, Housing/Homelessness
ID2: User-Centric Design
Desiring to continue their independence, elders at the Bethany Center Senior Housing collaborated with Industrial Design students to make senior-friendly everyday objects.
Aging, Spring 2015, Engage at CCA, Industrial Design
Impact Investing & The Arts
The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a nonprofit promoting financial independence for artists, awarded a multi-year grant to The Center for Art and Public Life.
Ongoing, Scholarship, Scholarship + Student Opportunity, Multidisciplinary
Juabar is a CCA student designed - solar powered, mobile charging station for Tanzania’s rural community.
Summer 2012, Impact Awards, Economic Development, Industrial Design, MBA in Design Strategy, Multidisciplinary
KVAK TV uses storytelling to address pressing local themes of isolation, location, and cultural shifts in the isolated community of Kivalina, Alaska
Summer 2012, Digital Media, Impact Awards, Environment / Natural Systems, Multidisciplinary, Youth
Team Marcus Books partnered with Marcus Books and the African American Arts & Culture Complex to recreate the prominent Marcus Bookstore within the AAACC’s
Summer 2016, Community/Neighborhoods, Cultural Institution, Impact Awards, Economic Development, Multidisciplinary
Team Miti Miti believed that education was the key to transforming Colombia’s society, and sought to address educational inequity through a social business model.
Student Opportunity, Summer 2016, Impact Awards, Economic Development, Multidisciplinary
Navajo Mountain School Project
The Navajo Mountain School Project was conceived to empower the Navajo community through renovating a disused building of historical importance.
Summer 2016, Cultural Identity, Cultural Institution, Impact Awards, Multidisciplinary
Nirmoktra is a Sanskrit word which means “to empower through knowledge.” Team Nirmoktra brought creative problem solving skills and critical thinking strategies to primary educationg in rural India.
Student Opportunity, Summer 2016, Impact Awards, Multidisciplinary
Oakland Technical High School
Externs have the opportunity to work with Oakland's Fashion Art and Design Academy instructors to enrich a variety of science and humanities classes by integrating arts education methodologies.
Ongoing, CCA Connects, Education, Multidisciplinary, Youth
Off The Grid
This course was concerned with the production of public space as social space through temporary food-centered interventions in the city
Architecture, Fall 2014, Engage at CCA, Economic Development, Nutrition/Food
Open Engagement Walking Tour
23rd and Telegraph: Exploring Oakland at the Intersection of Art and Social Justice
Scholarship, Spring 2016, Community/Neighborhoods, Multidisciplinary
Presence and Absense
Interdisciplinary students met with terminally ill individuals living at the Zen Hospice Project Guest House to design soft objects for them.
Spring 2012, Engage at CCA, End-of-Life Care, Textiles
At Public Architecture, the SF non-profit design firm, CONNECTS externs actively contribute to their mission of community betterment through ar, design and architecture.
Ongoing, CCA Connects, Community/Neighborhoods, Economic Development, Multidisciplinary
Puerto El Morro
Puerto el Morro Pig Project created a communal pigpen that reduced environmental hazards to the elderly and children, while allowing Puerto el Morro to retain its cultural relationship with the pigs.
Architecture, Community/Neighborhoods, Cultural Identity, Summer 2014, Impact Awards, Environment / Natural Systems, Multidisciplinary
Screen Printing Workshops
Inspired by student interest in the arts, Allison secured resources through the Center’s Micro-Grant to utilize her skills as a printmaker to encourage self-expression among students.
Center Micro Grants, Education, Spring 2013, Visual and Critical Studies, Youth
Externs at SOMArts Cultural Center serve as community liaisons for artistic programming helping to publicize and promote exhibitions and events through on- and off-line outreach, as well as marketing activities.
Ongoing, CCA Connects, Community/Neighborhoods, Cultural Institution, Multidisciplinary
Protesting the high crime rates against LGBTQ Jamaicans, STAND UP shared personal and community narratives via social media of Jamaicans who fled their island nation.
Architecture, Film, Summer 2011, Digital Media, Impact Awards, Multidisciplinary, LGBTQ Identity, Visual and Critical Studies
Teaching Creative Writing
Inquisitive Oakland School for the Arts students learn literary arts from CCA student-teachers
Engage at CCA, Spring 2014, Education, Writing