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Update on the Oakland Campus

posted Apr 18, 2017, 2:03 PM by   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 2:04 PM ]

The future of the Oakland campus is a top priority.

With input from alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees, the college has partnered with Equity Community Builders/Emerald Fund to identify a range of options that celebrate CCA’s legacy and truly benefit the community. Options could include partnerships with mission-aligned organizations -- coupled with alternative uses such as housing -- and other uses that honor the arts and historic aspects of the Oakland CCA campus.

We anticipate a collaborative process, wherein CCA will guide, structure, and approve future uses. This first, exploratory stage of the project will take place over the summer months. Options will be presented to the CCA Board of Trustees in the fall and then shared with the community for further input. 

 Equity Community Builders (ECB) has a strong track record of working with local cultural, educational, and nonprofit institutions, including the American Conservatory Theater, the David Brower Center, The Bay School, Cavallo Point, San Francisco LGBT Center, and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. ECB also has extensive experience with the preservation and adaptive re-uses of historic structures. For a list of projects, visit the ECB website.

Emerald Fund has developed many award-winning, transit-oriented projects in San Francisco and Oakland. For a list of projects, visit the website.

Dating back to its origins as the Treadwell Estate, the Oakland campus is a significant part of the city’s history and has been a beacon of art and culture in the Rockridge neighborhood for more than a century. It’s important that in its new life, the campus honors its storied history while providing a benefit to the community.

Fine Arts Division Spring 2017 Junior Review Exhibition

posted Mar 22, 2017, 4:02 PM by

Stop by the Oliver Art Center between March 13 and April 4 and check out the Fine Arts division spring 2016 Junior Review exhibition. The exhibition series showcases foundational and developing work from emerging students from across several fine arts programs:

Community Arts
Individualized Major
Jewelry / Metal Arts

Exhibition Schedule

Group 1: March 13-14
Group 2: March 16-17
Group 3: March 27-28
Group 4: March 30-31
Group 5: April 3-4

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus

Free and open to the public
Gallery hours: 2-4 p.m.
More info: Centa Schumacher,

2016 Fine Arts All-College Honors & Scholarship Awards Exhibition

posted Aug 23, 2016, 12:18 PM by

California College of the Arts is pleased to present the 2016 Fine Arts All-College Honors and Scholarship Awards Exhibition that celebrates the excellence of our community’s talented young artists. The exhibition is on view September 6–23 in the Oliver Art Center.

Free and open to the public
Opening reception: Wed., Sept. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Each spring CCA sponsors the All-College Honors Scholarship competition. An interdisciplinary faculty panel juries portfolios of high-achieving students and selects winners to receive academic scholarships.

This exhibition publicly acknowledges award recipients in the Fine Arts division by showcasing the broad range of practices of these emerging artists.

The group exhibition honors the distinction and dedication of the undergraduate award recipients in their chosen fields. For more information, visit the CCA website.

Pre-College Program Begins June 27

posted Jun 2, 2016, 11:23 AM by   [ updated Aug 10, 2016, 3:47 PM by Jim Norrena ]

CCA's ever-popular Pre-College Program returns to the Oakland campus June 27–July 22, 2016. High school students will immerse themselves in art, architecture, design, or creative writing while earning three college credits.

Approximately 250 students attend each summer, many of them from around the country or abroad; 160 of these students reside in CCA housing.

For more information or to apply, visit the CCA website.

Large Apartment Complex Planned at 51st & Broadway

posted Apr 3, 2015, 3:30 PM by   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 3:30 PM by Jim Norrena ]

SRM Development has plans to build a multi-family complex on the south side of 51st and Broadway near the border of the Temescal and Rockridge neighborhoods. Temescal Apartments, a 130-unit proposed project, will include 8,000 square feet of retail space and some sweet amenities, such as a rooftop courtyard, theater, fitness facility, and a bike repair/maintenance shop that would be open to the public.

The L-shaped building would take up the entire portion of Broadway and curve around the corner and up 49th Street, against an existing home. The five-story section overlooking Broadway will terrace down to four stories on 49th Street, while the townhouses on the other side will only be two stories.

Before groundbreaking can happen, the developer must first close the deal on the property and submit building permits to the city of Oakland.

Read more.

Merrill Gardens: New Senior Housing

posted Apr 3, 2015, 2:59 PM by   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 4:27 PM by Jim Norrena ]

The senior housing project on the north side of 51st at Broadway is moving forward.

Demolition began during the last week of February.

This 127-unit senior housing project will include the following

  • 113 Independent/assisted living apartments
  • 14 memory care beds
  • 7,700 square feet of commercial space

For more information, visit the SRM Development website.

Cole Hardware to Open in Rockridge

posted Oct 15, 2014, 3:33 PM by   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 3:33 PM by Jim Norrena ]

CCA students, staff, and faculty will surely welcome the addition of a hardware store in Rockridge. Cole Hardware is a family-owned local business with four locations in San Francisco. The new store will be located at 5533 College Avenue. They will be holding a Rockridge job fair at the new location October 17 from 2 to 6 pm. Opening date for the store is January 1, 2015. Read more about it in the Rockridge News.  

Bye-Bye CVS

posted Jun 16, 2014, 4:09 PM by   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 11:22 AM by Jim Norrena ]

Things are changing at the Rockridge shopping center. CVS, formerly known as PayLess, Rite Aid, and Longs, will close at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, after nearly 50 years at the corner of 51st Street and Broadway. Read more of the story on sfgate.

What's Happening with Safeway?

posted Apr 29, 2014, 10:22 AM by   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 11:22 AM by Jim Norrena ]

Recently a private equity firm took over the East Bay grocery chain Safeway.

What does that mean for the two stores near the campus that are undergoing major redevelopment? 

Read this recent East Bay Express article for more information.

Four by Four Lecture Series: Camille Utterback

posted Feb 25, 2014, 12:16 PM by   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 11:22 AM by Jim Norrena ]

Join us on Wednesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Nahl Hall on the Oakland campus for a lecture by Camille Utterback.

Utterback is an artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures explore the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture.

This lecture is part of the Four by Four Lecture Series: Art + Design x Science.

More info >>

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