Dean's Dish

VAPA Division Dean John Graulty shares news and information

Welcome to the 15th blog edition of Dean’s Dish from the Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Division at Cabrillo College!

Please read on to find out more about all sorts of exciting happenings in the Cabrillo College Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts Division…including ways to have a great meal this week AND support the VAPA Division all at the same time!

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant Celebrates 50 Years THIS WEEK with Tribute to Five Local Organizations including Cabrillo’s VAPA Division! celebration

February 11, 2015 – March 15, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in Aptos, a family and neighborhood institution known for serving consistently high quality, classic Mexican meals at affordable prices. To celebrate and honor the memory of restaurant founders Manuel and Alice Santana, owners Leonardo and Patricia Santana will give 50% of proceeds during the week of March 9 – 15 to five local groups dedicated to causes that were near and dear to the founders’ hearts, and still supported by the owners today: Homeless Services Center of Santa Cruz; Second Harvest Food Bank; Teen Kitchen Project; Women’s Crisis Support – Defensa de Mujeres; and Cabrillo College Visual, Applied and Performing Arts. Manuel’s News

Thursday, March 12: 50% of proceeds to Cabrillo College Visual, Applied & Performing Arts

Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15:  Proceeds will be divided equally among the five groups.

Kudos Korner

Congratulations to Music Technology and Recording Arts student Ismael Medina, past president of MTRAK, Cabrillo College’s new recording arts club MTRAK Facebook Page  for  winning a job as audio and sound engineer at Seascape Resort! Talk about student success!!

Congratulations to Cheryl Anderson and the Cabrillo Youth Chorus, recipients of a second Monterey Peninsula Foundation $10,000 grant to  increase children’s skills and knowledge through tutoring, scholarships, participation in festivals, and direct work with a world renowned composer for the Cabrillo Youth Chorus.

Hats off to Sean Monaghan, Art Studio (Scuplture and Casting) Instructor for receiving UCSC’s prestigious “2014-15 Outstanding Lecturer of the Year Award”!

Plenty of seats still open in 5 VAPA online Cyber Session classes starting March 23!

AH 10 – Appreciation/Introduction to the Visual Arts

MUS 10 – Music Appreciation

MUS 12 – World Music

TA 9 – Appreciation of Theatre Arts

DANCE 1 – Dance Appreciation

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FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: Entrepreneurship for Artists

Monday 3/16 at 8:00 PM, VAPA 1001 at Cabrillo College

We’re holding our 2nd annual panel on how to get your visual and performing art seen and recognized by the community.This event is free to students and working artists in the community and will include a question and answer format, with guest panelists:

Wallace Baine, writer for the Santa Cruz Sentinel; Rachel Goodman, radio host and former Tannery director; Brad Kava, Pulitzer-winning journalist and music critic; Susan Bruckner, musician and author; Steve Wilson, producer and musician; Ann Thiermann, muralist; Denise Gallant, video producer

Tell your friends! This discussion was highly valued by folks who attended last spring, and we’ve opened it up to anyone who wants to attend.

All the news that’s fit to print!

MakersFactory Comes to Cabrillo Campus

Recognizing the synergy between business, non-profit and educational institutions, MakersFactory and Cabrillo College are pleased to announce the establishment of a new Cabrillo facility for Additive 3D Printing technology, as well as the relocation of MakersFactory to Cabrillo’s campus. This new alliance will bring about greater collaboration, new courses, and increased educational and vocational opportunities for the students of Cabrillo College, for MakersFactory customers, and for the broader Santa Cruz community. MakersFactory moved from its downtown Santa Cruz location to Cabrillo’s Aptos campus on January 1st, 2015. “This move makes sense from an economical, social and business perspective,” said MakersFactory founder and president Dave Britton. “We’re more centralized, we have a greater audience and we already share the same educational goals with Cabrillo —to educate, inspire and train today’s modern student. We’ve had a warm welcome from Cabrillo and have already begun implementation of a number of programs.” The collaboration with Cabrillo Extension provides a fantastic opportunity to expand course offerings and connect MakersFactory’s expertise to the Cabrillo community. In April, a new Cabrillo FabLab will be created within the 3D Visual Arts building utilizing MakersFactory 3D Machinery, including state-of-the art 3D printers (sometimes referred to as “additive” manufacturing equipment), and computer-controlled laser cutters and scanners.  By working in conjunction with Cabrillo College’s space, existing infrastructure, and machinery, the MakersFactory can easily integrate their own additive manufacturing machinery and processes into the program. The vision for the Cabrillo FabLab is rooted in the desire to empower Cabrillo VAPA and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students and faculty with new ways of thinking about design and making that will naturally help bridge the Arts and STEM disciplines, leading to new, STEAM-powered (Science, Technology, Arts and Math) collaborations. “The co-location of technology in arts divisions across the country, including at such institutions as the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the Chicago Art Institute School, and Indiana University, has led to all sorts of creative STEAM discoveries and learning opportunities for students in the arts and sciences,” said John Graulty, Dean of Cabrillo’s Visual, Applied and Performing Arts Division. “As it does at these other world-class institutions, such cross-disciplinary learning will help to prepare Cabrillo’s graduates with the broad array of skills that are increasingly in demand in the new creative economy.” Payson McNett, a new Cabrillo art faculty member and Cabrillo alum, has already applied knowledge and experience gathered by overseeing the FabLab at Indiana University. He has already worked with veteran arts faculty to design four new arts courses incorporating these new 3D printer and laser cutting technologies. Pending approval by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, these new courses could be ready to offer as early as spring semester 2016. Graulty is serving as a catalyst to bring arts and STEM faculty together to explore ways in which Cabrillo students might benefit further from this new partnership with MakersFactory. “The new partnership with Maker’s Factory is wonderfully serendipitous, bringing together new faculty hire skill sets with existing faculty desires to explore new ways of making in the arts,” continued Graulty. “These new techniques and machines along with MakersFactory’s expertise and valuable 3D modeling and game-based learning infrastructure bring the promise of a more cohesive, streamlined educational STEAM pathway that begins in middle-school and runs through high school and community colleges into new vocations or four year university programs.” Extension Division/ Makers Factory

Waived Fee Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students

Effective spring semester, Cabrillo College and the Pajaro Valley Unified School District
(PVUSD) have launched a joint initiative that provides high school students across Santa Cruz County concurrent enrollment at Cabrillo College with waived enrollment fees. This innovative initiative allows high school students countywide to begin taking college courses at a significantly reduced cost.“We are excited to be able to offer the waiver of enrollment fees to encourage high schoolstudents to take advantage of this educational opportunity,” said Dennis Bailey-Fougnier, Cabrillo Vice President of Student Services. “All of these initiatives are designed to make it as easy as possible for our county’s students to attend Cabrillo College.” The pilot program was initiated at Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, however all high school students across the county who qualify for the concurrent enrollment program will be eligible to have their enrollment fees waived. “This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our concurrent students to take advantage of our local community college, Cabrillo,” said Ruschele Viotti, Watsonville High School Counselor. “This will encourage more students to take classes at Cabrillo – thank you, Cabrillo.” Interested high school students need to complete and submit a Concurrent Enrollment Form and bring it in to Cabrillo’s Admissions and Records Office at either the Aptos or Watsonville campus locations. For additional information about Concurrent Enrollment and to download the Concurrent Enrollment Form, please visit the Admissions and Records page on Cabrillo’s website, at Concurrent Enrollment Form & Info

Ongoing & Upcoming Events

Santa Cruz Jazz Festival

Material Illusions

March 9 – April 10, 2015
Cabrillo Gallery
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An Evening With Curtis Arima:
“Multiple Artistic Personalities”

Friday, March 13
6:00 PM
VAPA Room 1001
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The Picasso Ensemble

Sunday, March 22
3:00 PM
Sesnon House
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Cabrillo Youth Strings/String Orchestra Concert

Friday, March 27
7:00 PM
Samper Recital Hall
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Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre presents
Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre In Concert

Saturday, March 28
1:00 & 4:30 PM
Crocker Theater
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Sunday, March 29
7:00 PM
Crocker Theater
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