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The VPA program is very unique in its integration of studio and theory courses. This has direct application for the fields of public and community arts as well as teaching and museum professions.

Prof. Dio Mendoza featured in CANCIóN Courtyard

On September 19, 2014, the City of Morgan Hill is participating in Global PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and residents transform parking spots into temporary parks.

For Morgan Hill’s Parking Day, Artists Dionicio Mendoza and Pilar Aguero will employ several parking spaces to build a social and interactive courtyard open for community participation. CANCIóN Courtyard is a demonstration project that will coincide with Morgan Hill’s Creative Placemaking symposium.  It will create a temporary, multi-functional, highly social, multi-generational, and interactive space. 

About the CANCIóN Courtyard Project:
CANCIóN Courtyard will be a type of “lounge” that is physically installed on street parking spaces.   It will consist of a lightweight structure created from a modified tent frame and mixed-media materials, including wood and plastic.  The tent structure will be expanded to include a delineated/fenced-in outdoor space.  Within the tent space and the adjacent outdoor space, visitors can participate in two interactive activities.  In the first activity, visitors can select and dedicate a song that will be played by a Digital DJ.  Speaking into a microphone, the participants can introduce their songs and dedicate the songs themselves or choose to have their dedication read aloud by the artists.  As the day progresses, the public playlist created by the participants will be logged and a list of the requested songs will be displayed.

Location:
The project will take place on Monterey Road between Second and Th
ird Streets on the east side of the street.

Date & Time:
The project will take place on Friday, September 19th from Noon to 8 PM and on Saturday, September 20th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
 

Click here for more info. 

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Painting of the Vision Mural is currently in progress.  The mural is scheduled for completion at the end of the fall 2014 semester.

See mural design here. 

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from the archive: 

VPA: Art as a Way of Life

Nov 30, 2009  - Visual and Public Arts (VPA) professor,  Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, speaks about the development of CSUMB as a new way learning, that engages student’s in their own problem-solving.  And how she uses art to connect to public and community issues.

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Day of the Dead Celebration: November 1, 2014.
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Day of the Dead Celebration: November 1, 2014.

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F2014 Visiting Artist Series: Karla Diaz, September 17, 2014.

Karla Diaz has published Prison Gourmet. This is a recipe cookbook and documentation of performances in which she makes prison recipes that were sent to her by inmates from California. These alternative recipes are often notable expressions of freedom, collaboration, comradeship and creative ways of food consumption. An activist, artist and writer, Diaz uses the form of a cooking book to invite readers and the public to engage

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