2004-2005 Campus Activities
Three of the six original Getty grant recipient campuses - Fullerton, Long Beach and
Pomona - were awarded grant funds in the 2004-2005 academic year to build upon existing
campus events (or create a new campus event) that addressed the goals of the project. The
events were designed to:
- include session(s) that would involve faculty and community partners in discussions on
how to form and/or grow a partnership in SL and the arts (this could be a panel, a
discussion, or a forum);
- invite new faculty in the arts and new community partners to attend
- provide visibility to the Getty Fund as a sponsor for the event.
At CSU Fullerton the Service-Learning & the Arts event took
place on Saturday, May 7, 2005 as part of CSUF's Grand Central Center's First Saturday
Program. Grand Central Station is located in the heart of Santa Ana and is a satellite arts
program of the campus. It showcases the work of local artists as well as CSUF faculty and
students in its art gallery and provides arts programming for the local community. First
Saturday is a community-wide event which occurs every first Saturday of the month as an
open community event with food and some entertainment to encourage the local community to
visit the art galleries at Grand Central Station. The event attracted more than 500
attendees including local community members (low-income Hispanic immigrant and undocumented
families, Santa Ana Community College arts students and other local community members and
business owners) . As a result of Getty funding, the program expanded to a new community
site. Service-learning students from the Communication Department photographically
documented the event to create a brochure (attached) along with a permanent webpage
dedicated to service-learning and the arts on the CSUF Center for Internships &
At CSU Long Beach, three events were planned for Spring and Fall 2005.
The CSULB Pow Wow was held in mid-March 2005. Students in American Indian Studies
(enrolled in AIS 420) participated in a service learning experience in which they developed
various art objects to support the Pow Wow. The art forms they make were used within an
honoring ceremony known as a "give away". In this way the students' actions and artistic
production reinforce the values, meaning, and intention of the celebration as outlined in
the literature and reinforced by the guest lecturers. New community partners were invited
to the Pow Wow in order to expand the service beyond current partners. In addition, in the
AIS-420 class a guest lecture series was added to provide first hand accounts by community
partners on their actual experience organizing and participating in essential roles within
Pow wow culture.
A second event held in Spring 2005, Cambodian American Art Week, was created to
build upon the international service learning in the arts program of one of the original
Getty scholars, Dr. Carlos Silveira. Over the winter, Dr. Silveira had taken a group of art
students to Cambodia to work on projects that would build a sense of pride in children and
adolescents about their rich heritage in the arts. The event exposed the Long Beach
community to the richness of Cambodian culture.
The third event, Long Beach Museum of Art Partnership Ceremony, which involves Art 300
students, who are just learning about art and how to teach it, to work with the Museum
staff to provide both Museum tours and art workshops based on the current exhibition in the
Museum to 5th grade students from the Long Beach Unified School District. University
administrators, faculty, and others along with Long Beach Unified School District key
people will be invited to attend a reception on October 19th celebrating the project, as
well as visit the Museum exhibition from which the students worked.
The celebration will provide a lead-in to a subsequent forum on campus to provide an
opportunity for faculty and community partners to talk about developing new or modifying
current service-learning courses in the arts while working together with other disciplines.
CSULB will offer this workshop in conjunction with an art exhibit at campus galleries.
At Cal Poly Pomona, two events were conducted as a result of the
Linking Service Learning and the Visual Arts Getty Grant: one on-campus event, in
coordination with the campus's annual service-learning conference; and one community-based
event, in coordination with a year-long interdisciplinary service-learning project. By
holding events both on and off campus, the events were able to reach and engage a broader
audience. Both events highlighted a joint project between the Departments of Art and Urban
and Regional Planning, where students worked with local residents and businesses to develop
a visual and culturally-responsive identity for South Garey, a neglected commercial
district in south Pomona.
The first event, Showcase of Civic Engagement in Design, consisted of a campus
display of community-based work from four design-related disciplines (Architecture, Art,
Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning). The Showcase also included a
two-hour reception where faculty and students from across campus were able to talk with
those involved in the featured projects, including students, faculty and their community
partners. The primary outcome of this event was increased awareness of service-learning
activities within the design disciplines. The Showcase was also coordinated with the
campus's service-learning conference ("Collaborating for Change," held May 12th and 13th),
which included a working group session focused on "Connecting Communities through the
Arts." The working group engaged faculty, students and community partners in the creation
of an action plan for new partnerships and service-learning opportunities aimed at
improving communities through the visual and performing arts.
The community event, Celebration of the South Garey Identity and Economic Revitalization
Project, was held at a local community center near the South Garey corridor, as a
celebration of the collaborative design work described above. Local residents, businesses,
city officials and other interested community members had the opportunity to (1) view the
students' final design work, including a new logo for the district, lamppost banners, and
other visual materials; (2) identify "next steps" for incorporating these and other ideas
into the commercial area; and (3) create new partnerships within the community. Faculty and
students from Cal Poly Pomona were also invited so that they could see first-hand the
impact that collaborative, interdisciplinary projects within the design disciplines can
have in a local community.