ENGAGE at CCA is an innovative initiative combining the Community Arts Program’s successful model of community engagement with the project-based learning approach of the architecture and design disciplines. Activated across academic programs ENGAGE at CCA, serves as a hub to connect interested faculty and students to community partners and relevant outside experts. Housed at the Center for Art and Public Life, ENGAGE at CCA dynamically advances California College of the Art’s mission to prepare its students for lifelong creative work and service to their communities through a curriculum in fine art, architecture, design, and creative writing.
ENGAGE Studio Thinking in Practice aims to catalyze collegial leadership within CCA faculty and community partnership organizations through youth service learning partnership projects that employ creative practices across art, design, architecture and creative writing genres. Utilizing a collaborative planning process and addressing CCA learning outcomes and community needs, the project aspires to incubate and disseminate new project based learning partnerships models that advance engaged scholarship and benefit all participants. The project goals are to:
1. Foster service learning leadership, expertise and collegial exchange among CCA and partner site leaders and faculty.
2. Utilize the Studio Thinking Framework as a collaborative common language tool to advance understanding and habits of minds for youth engaged in the project.
3. Develop, document and disseminate innovative arts and youth service learning models and strategies.
The Five Studio Thinking in Practice Teams:
1. Peralta Hacienda
Executive Director, Holly Alonso
Program Coordinator, Angel Saelee
Instructor, Celina Laubsch
CCA Faculty: The Athena Project, Virginia Jardim
2. Emery Secondary School
Art Teacher, Sara Stillman
CCA Faculty: Art Education Teaching Practices, Trena Noval
3. Art Esteem / Attitudinal Healing Center
Teaching Artist/Art Teacher, Naema Ray/Clarendon School
Teaching Artist: Aaron De La Cruz
CCA Faculty, Art in the Public Interest, Amana Harris
4. Mission High / Environmental Service Learning Initiative
ESLI Coordinator: Jay Jasper Pugao
ESLI Teacher Collaborator, Elsa Calvillo
CCA Faculty: Home Grown-Art & the Environment, Lauren Elder
5. 826 Valencia
CCA Faculty: 826 Valencia Book Project, Aimee Phan
Project Period: September 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010