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Friday, April 16, 2021

Students from CCA’s Architecture Division in conversation with Gregory Jackson, Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. We ask Jackson about his work on collective decision-making and cooperative-ownership in East Oakland, to understand how urban economies can be reshaped to support community ownership and power-sharing. Students Sanyukta Bhagwat, Linhao Feng, Peter Jew, Maria Ramirez Perez, Ki Schmidt, and Chak Ying Wong from the Urban Imaginaries seminar, taught by assistant professor Janette Kim, lead this conversation to gain insight into the mission, strategies and challenges of social justice activism in cities today.

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Catalyst for Change: Asian American Narratives | Ellen Bepp

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Ellen Bepp has been exhibiting her work since the 1980s, drawing from her Japanese heritage to create a wide range of art from wearable art, textile paintings, taiko drumming performance, theatrical costuming, mixed media collage and handcut paper. She remembers being exposed to Japanese art at an early age, inspired by her immigrant grandparents. Her subsequent interest in the folk art traditions of Asia and Latin America led to her textile arts research in indigenous communities of Guatemala, Peru and Mexico as well as humanitarian and cultural exchange projects in Nicaragua, Cuba and Mexico. Such activities have informed much of her art which addresses issues of displacement, political identity and social injustice including the WWII American concentration camps and the genocide of Indigenous peoples.

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Neighborhood Planning for a Just Transition: An Interview with Marquita Price

Friday, April 2, 2021

Students from CCA’s Architecture Division in conversation with Marquita Price, Director of Urban and Regional Planning at the East Oakland Collective. We ask Price about her involvement in the East Oakland Neighborhoods Initiative, which organized a neighborhood-driven planning process in Deep East Oakland to build a just transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative economy that is ecologically sustainable, equitable and just for all its members. Students Gaeda Alagha, RJ Hafiz, Nidhi Patel, Lulu Wang, Yihan Wang, and Yuyi Zheng from the Urban Imaginaries seminar, taught by assistant professor Janette Kim, lead this conversation to gain insight into the mission, strategies and challenges of social justice activism in cities today.

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Catalyst for Change: Asian American Narratives | Reiko Fujii

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Artist talk by Reiko Fujii. Reiko Fujii’s art is based on her life experiences, with an emphasis on an ongoing inquiry into her Japanese American roots. Exploring her family’s experiences in WWII American concentration camps has given her a clearer understanding of her Japanese American heritage and the intergenerational trauma that has been passed down to her. By creating art that includes family artifacts, objects she makes, and videos she produces, she reframes her memories and family stories, viewing them in the context of American history.

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A Roundtable on Art & Mutual Aid

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A Roundtable on Art & Mutual Aid was a forum that brought the audience into dialog with four artists whose creative, socially-engaged practices actively support a range of community-driven mutual-aid efforts such as food banks, housing rights, pandemic response, and supply runs to indigenous communities: Kristina Wong and Badly Licked Bear of the Auntie Sewing Squad (A.S.S.), tactical art organizer and housing rights advocate Leslie Dreyer, and radical artist, activist and pedagogue, Amy Koshbin.

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Catalyst for Change: Asian American Narratives | Irene Wibawa

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Artist talk by Irene Wibawa. Irene Wibawa is a multidisciplinary artist in visual and performance art and a plant and insect enthusiast. She is ethnic Chinese, born in Indonesia, and has lived in the US since 1983. She currently lives in the SF Bay area, on Ohlone land, with her cat Pebbles.

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Kat Vellos presents the “Friendship Power Pack: How to create thriving friendships during adulthood”

Friday, February 26, 2021

Kat Vellos, author, experience designer, and dynamic speaker, presents the "Friendship Power Pack: How to create thriving friendships during adulthood." In this talk, Kat shares the most galvanizing and insightful takeaways from her book, We Should Get Together: The Secret to Cultivating Better Friendships, and gives participants an action plan to create more belonging and connection in their lives.

Members of the CCA community are invited to view a recording of this presentation on Panopto


Catalyst for Change: Asian American Narratives | Rea Lynn de Guzman

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Artist talk by Rea Lynn de Guzman. Rea Lynn de Guzman is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, print media, and sculpture. Born in Manila, Philippines, she immigrated to the United States at age 14. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has exhibited work in the US, and internationally in Australia, India, and the Philippines. She was Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Visual Arts Featured Artist in 2017. In 2019-2020, she curated Wander Woman and Wander Woman 2, a group show series featuring Bay Area-based, immigrant, women artists of color.

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Getting Out the Vote: The 2020 US Presidential Election Awareness Project

Fall 2020

With the November election less than two months away, surveys showed that more than four in ten (46%) Americans said they were not too confident, or not at all confident that the general election would be conducted fairly and accurately. Voting rights activists also worried about in-person voting in November, after the primary season saw long lines, issues with voting machines and limited polling locations open.

Students in Steve Jones' course, Agitprop: Issues and Causes, teamed up with students in Kim Anno's course, Citizen Artists/Designers/Journalists, to respond to the prompt: "What are the issues that will drive you to the polls in 2020?" Their designs were then disseminated on social media and in print to help get out the vote.

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CCA@CCA Hosts Virtual Brunch: A Conversation on Art in Times of Social Distance

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

This live Zoom event featured Bay Area-based artists, arts administrators, and activists who have had significant success in transitioning their programs for social distancing. Moderated by Sam Vernon (Assistant Professor, Printmedia Program). 

Participants included Ashara Ekundayo, Astria Suparak, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, and Martin Strickland.

Read a summary of this event by Katherine Hamilton on the Rewind Review Respond website


Dioganhdih | The Circle: Autonomy Beyond the Nation State

Monday, October 5, 2020

Artist's talk with Mohawk water protector, land defender and rapper Dioganhdih. 

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Read a summary of this event by Menaja Ganesh on the Rewind Review Respond website


Yosimar Reyes | The Circle: Autonomy Beyond the Nation-State

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Artist's talk with Guerrerense/San Jose undocuqueer writer and activist Yosimar Reyes. 

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Graphic Design and Social Justice Activism

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A lecture by Sabiha Basrai and Joy Liu-Trujillo of Design Action Collective. Design Action Collective is a worker-owned and managed cooperative that provides graphic design and visual communications for progressive, non-profit, and social change organizations. Its members aim to help build and strengthen progressive movements fighting for economic and social justice. 

Read a summary of this event by Gordon Fung on the Rewind Review Respond website


Voting Story

Tuesday, October 13–Tuesday, October 15, 2020

Voting Story is a digital exhibition of photographs by students at CCA and Georgia State University in Atlanta. Photography majors in the courses Investigations 3 (CCA) and Portfolio One (GSU) were prompted to produce work that describes their personal voting stories. The result is a fascinating set of images that reveal the personal, political, and geographical factors that determine what voting means to each photographer. 

View this exhibition on the CCA Libraries website

Read a review of this exhibition by Gordon Fung on the Rewind Review Respond website


What is your voting story?

Tuesday, October 15, 2020

SF Camerawork live-streamed a series of conversations between CCA and GSU students about the exhibition Voting Story. Moderated by CCA alumni Chanell Stone.

View a recording of this event on the SF Camerawork website


Sarah Lopez / Keynote Lecture for Make. Act. Resist: A Teach-In on Borders and Migration

Monday, October 19, 2020

Sarah Lopez is a built environment historian, as well as a migration scholar. Lopez' research focuses on the impact of migrant remittances—dollars earned in the U.S. and sent to families and communities in Mexico—on the architecture and landscape of rural Mexico and urban USA. Make. Act. Resist is made possible by generous support from Creative Citizens in Action, the Architecture Division, the President’s Diversity Steering Group, the Film Program, and the CCA Libraries.

A recording of this lecture is available to members of the CCA community on Panopto

Read a summary of this event by Katherine Hamilton on the Rewind Review Respond website


Las Nietas de Nonó | The Circle: Autonomy Beyond the Nation State

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Artists' talk with the AfroBorikén community organizers, activists, and performance duo Las Nietas de Nonó.

This video is no longer available.

Read a review of this event by Rachel Poonsiriwong on the Rewind Review Respond website


CCA@CCA Hosts Virtual Brunch: A Conversation on Performance Art in Times of Social Distance

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

For performance art in the age of social distancing, the show must go online. This live Zoom event featured randy reyes and CCA alum Maria Clara Merçon, two performance artists who continue to engage with their interactive projects by making videos, sharing work virtually, and collaborating with others. Co-moderated by Sam Vernon (Assistant Professor, Printmedia Program) and Menaja Ganesh (student outreach fellow for Creative Citizens in Action).

Read a review of this exhibition by Isha Tripathi on the Rewind Review Respond website


Joshua Myers: The Black Radical Tradition; or a Poetics of a Liberation

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Joshua Myers is associate professor of Africana Studies at Howard University. He is a writer and editor of A Gathering Together: Literary Journal and the author most recently of We are Worth Fighting For: A History of the Howard University Student Protest of 1989. He is currently working on a biography of Cedric J. Robinson and book on Black Studies and the nature and meaning of disciplinarity. This event was co-hosted by the Wattis Institute with the Graduate Program in Visual & Critical Studies and the Creative Citizens in Action Program Series.


Steph Rue Artist's Talk

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Steph Rue is a book artist and papermaker. She received her MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 2015. She studied traditional Korean book and papermaking on a Fulbright to Korea in 2015-2016. Steph currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband Daniel and one-year-old daughter Winnie. This event was presented by the BIPOC Virtual Open Print Studio.


Hardworking Goodlooking: Unrelearning

Friday, October 23, 2020

Hardworking Goodlooking (HWGL) is a publishing and graphic design hauz founded in 2013. HWGL generates, prints, and disseminates cultural publications (most of the time) out of the Philippines. HWGL is interested in decolonization of cultural labor, parlance in the vernacular, and the value of what has been invisible.

Video expires Friday, May 7, 2021 per the artists' instructions.

Read a summary of this event by Sarah Chieko Bonnickson on the Rewind Review Respond website


Ron Rael / Keynote Lecture for Make. Act. Resist: A Teach-In on Borders and Migration

Monday, October 26, 2020

Ron Rael, Principal of Rael San Fratello and Professor at UC Berkeley, is a design activist, author, and thought leader within the topics of additive manufacturing, borderwall studies, and earthen architecture. His research interests connect indigenous and traditional material practices to contemporary technologies and issues. Make. Act. Resist is made possible by generous support from Creative Citizens in Action, the Architecture Division, the President’s Diversity Steering Group, the Film Program, and the CCA Libraries.


Believe in Truth: Painting Program Student-Led Roundtable Discussion


Mansur Nurullah Artist's Talk

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Artist's talk with San Francisco-based artist Mansur Nurullah.  Mansur is a textile artist who transforms materials that are bound for the trash into tapestries, bags, dolls, and wallets. This event was presented by the BIPOC Virtual Open Print Studio.


Second Helping: CCA@CCA Post-Election Town Hall

Monday, November 16, 2020

Featuring Jocelyn Jackson, People’s Kitchen Collective; Conrad Guevara, artist representing Real Time & Space and Town Fridge; Larissa Gilbert, artist representing The Oxbow School in collaboration with 2727 California; and Lexa Walsh, artist representing Oakland Stock.

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Read a response to this event by Katherine Hamilton on the Rewind Review Respond website


WE'ave THE PEOPLE

Tuesday, November 17–Tuesday, December 15, 2020

What possibilities do we see for reclaiming our civic lives and building cultures of gratitude and collectivity? WE'ave THE PEOPLE  is an activation of 12 public rituals synchronized in time on US election day Nov 3, 2020. From San Francisco to Sydney to Bogota, students instigate symbolic gestures attending to ruptures and repair. A virtual exhibition of project documentation and writing is on view at weavethepeople.cca.edu. Participating artists: Leonardo Barrera, Sarah Chieko Bonnickson, Gwen Dongfeng, Rosie Linares Diaz, Carolos Medellin, Rachel Parish, Nivedita Rajendra, Miguel Sarabia, Consuelo Hernandez, Jamin Viducic, Jianyou Zhang, and Minyue Zhou.

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Read a response to this exhibition by Sarah Chieko Bonnickson on the Rewind Review Respond website


Aaron Coleman Artist's Talk

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Aaron Coleman’s studio practice comprises an amalgam of creative processes and historical research. Coleman utilizes printmaking, painting, collage, sculpture, and installation to create works that address how mundane and seemingly anodyne artifacts embody the complex and pervasive history of race/racism and class/classicism in the United States. Employing a multi-media approach, Coleman reworks and re-contextualizes images and objects to foreground their interactions – both past and present – in this history. The objects (e.g., picket fences, coloring books, embroidery or pop-culture ephemera) are visually or physically juxtaposed with contrary or jarring images that release uncomfortable truths and suppressed stories which are both personal and political. This event was presented by the BIPOC Virtual Open Print Studio.


Jonathan Herrera Soto Artist's Talk

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Jonathan Herrera Soto is a print-based studio artist. He graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design in 2017. As a printmaker, Jonathan Herrera Soto’s practice is in service to the ceremony of material exploration. He visually articulates relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies by constructing print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo ghosts and lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. This event was presented by the BIPOC Virtual Open Print Studio.


Artist Talk with Amy Suo Wu

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

As part of the student-led exhibition Turn on The Invisible Layers, artist and designer Amy Suo Wu shared about her multifaceted practice which touches on topics ranging from steganography as a form of protection from oppressive forces, to personal identity and mending. Organized and moderated by Menaja Ganesh, Chiao Huang, Howsem Huang, Aashi Jhaveri, and Xiaoyi Yang.

A recording of this lecture is available to members of the CCA community on Panopto


CCA@CCA Hosts Virtual Brunch: A Conversation on Online Learning Through Activism

Thursday, December 10, 2020

This live Zoom event features CCA faculty who have had significant success integrating activism into their fall 2020 courses through collaborative projects, public programs, and online exhibitions that were featured in CCA’s Creative Citizens Series. These efforts were seeded through CCA@CCA Faculty Micro Grant Awards, which were designed to support course efforts tied to democratic engagement and enable implementation of immediate public-facing projects or activations to improve the learning experience of students and offer critical resources for civic involvement. 

This event is moderated by Sam Vernon (Assistant Professor, Printmedia Program) & Jaime Austin (Director of Exhibitions & Public Programming). Participants include: chris hamamoto, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Program; Linda Geary, Professor, Painting and Drawing Program; Steve Jones, Adjunct Professor, First Year Core Studio Program; Susanne Cockrell, Associate Professor, Community Arts Program; and Vreni Michelini-Castillo, Adjunct Professor, Critical Ethnic Studies Program.

Find links to all the projects mentioned during this event in the Zoom Chat Transcript


Alt Knowledges Exhibition Series Launch

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Alt Knowledges explores alternative values through the work of Amy Suo Wu, Danielle Aubert, and Hardworking Goodlooking. This student-led series of solo-exhibitions presents models for challenging entrenched colonial and capitalist systems through privacy tactics, worker-run presses, and a rethinking of modernist design values. For the opening event, Danielle Aubert shares about her practice, and her research on The Detroit Printing Co-op. Alt Knowledges was initiated by the Graphic Design Program with support from IF/THEN.

Unfaithful Kami is designed and organized by Kaja Berry, Ji Yun Kim, Yixun Li, Ruiyi Liu, and Janel Mitchell. No. 7 is designed and organized by Jennifer Jang, Karina Kristensen, Alia Moussa, and Darian Newman. Turn on the Invisible Layers is designed and organized by Menaja Ganesh, Chiao Huang, Howsem Huang, Aashi Jhaveri, and Xiaoyi Yang.

Visit altknowledges.com beginning in January 2021