California College of the Arts Launches Public Phase of $123MM Maker / Meets / Future Development

San Francisco, California College of the Arts, Studio Gang
David Meckel, Dirk A. Grotenhuis, Jack Wadsworth, Jeanne Gang, Stephen Beal, Ken Novack, F. Noel Perry break ground on Double Ground. Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Donor offers 2:1 match up to $1 million on all new gifts before July 2024

SAN FRANCISCO (November 16, 2022) – Yesterday, California College of the Arts celebrated the launch of its Maker/Meets/Future Campaign, a $123 million fundraising effort in support of CCA’s new expanded campus, increased student and faculty support and increased community partnership programs. To date, CCA has raised $118 million. The event took place on the site where construction has begun for that expanded campus in the heart of San Francisco’s “Innovation Corridor.”

“To fuel culture and industry, a great city needs a great art school,” said Stephen Beal, president of CCA. “CCA is building the most exciting urban art and design campus in the country. the only independent, privately endowed art and design school in Northern California. We educate students to meet the many challenges of our world with creative problem-solving, to become the innovators and game-changers of the future. The vitality of our mission has been super-charged by the generous investments made from an astonishing array of Bay Area philanthropists and corporations who see the value of cultivating creative innovators in the heart of the city.”

The reconceived campus will create a living, learning laboratory where students, faculty and the community unite to spark discovery, engage and make positive change – practices central to CCA for more than a century. Located in the heart of San Francisco and opening in fall 2024, the campus will house all academic programs, educate talented art, design, architecture and writing students from around the world and engage the Bay Area community in the power of creative work.

The campus expansion, titled Double Ground and designed by Studio Gang, the award-winning architecture and urban design firm led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, will serve as an accelerator for explorers and change-makers. It will feature a wide variety of specialized and flexible studio, lab, classroom, critique, fabrication, exhibition and gathering spaces.

As part of the $118 million raised by the Maker/Meets/Future Campaign to date – the most since CCA’s founding in 1907 – numerous Bay Area organizations, foundations and individuals have made significant investments in CCA and its students. Transformational lead donors include C. Diane Christensen and Jean M. Pierret, the M. Arthur Gensler Jr. family, Simpson Family, Jack and Susy Wadsworth, John and Leslie McQuown, Deborah and Kenneth Novack, Judy and Bill Timken.

About California College of the Arts (CCA)

To encourage public participation, a generous donor has offered to match every two dollars of new gifts with an additional dollar – up to $1 million – before July 1, 2024.

Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) educates students to shape culture and society through the practice and critical study of art, architecture, design, and writing. Benefitting from its San Francisco Bay Area location, the college prepares students for lifelong creative work by cultivating innovation, community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

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