Dean’s Dish – First Blog Edition – February 15, 2013

Hello faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the VAPA Division at Cabrillo College!

Welcome to a new academic term, and the first edition of Dean’s Dish delivered via our new blog! Enjoy this edition, and please provide comments and share info and web sites you’d like to post on this new blog with me at:

John Graulty

Dean of VAPA

Kudos Department

Congratulations to Theatre Arts Program Chair Skip Epperson for being recognized as a Gail Rich Award recipient at the 17th annual awards ceremony on January 23, 2013, at the Rio Theater!  The event was hosted by Wallace Baines from the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and Skip was introduced by his equally fabulous colleague at Cabrillo, Sarah Albertson!  Along with five other Santa Cruz artists, Skip was honored for the manner in which his art inspires our community!

Congratulations to Digital Media instructor Wendy Norris for her outstanding design of our new VAPA blog!

Kudos to Tandy Beal, whose dance retrospective program entitled Prime Movers, which was presented to a capacity Crocker Theater crowd on January 25, celebrated the history of dance in Santa Cruz from the founding of Cabrillo College in 1959 to the present day!  Proceeds benefitted the Cabrillo College Dance Program!  What a show! What a Cabrillo-centered history!

A special thanks to all VAPA Classified Staff, who despite furlough days and staff reductions, continue to serve our division, our faculty, and our students, with outstanding service!  Thank you!!

VAPA Faculty Out ‘n’ About

From Victoria May, Cabrillo College visual arts instructor…

This is just to let you know that the opening for my third solo show at Don Soker Contemporary Art in SF will be on Saturday March 2, 4:00-7:00 with a talk around 6:00.

From David King, Dance Program Chair, from his Fulbright experience in Estonia…

The photos below are from a day trip Cid and I took to Tartu. I am teaching at the Culture Academy of University of Tartu at the remote campus in the small town of Viljandi, Estonia. The statue of the guy in the hat is the Swedish king who founded the university in 1632.

From Denise Gallant in Digital Media

Here is a quick synopsis of our TEC Award event that made USA Today – (Dick Clark productions edited our original). This edit does not show off our work very well (shows off the Dick Clark guys), but you get the idea. Almost all of the screens that you see in the 3 hour show were done by us over the past 4 months. At around 1:06 you finally see some of the other giant side screens.  At 3:30 and 4:31 you see some video synthesis that came from our Synopsis Video Synth I designed the three hour show – with design input and graphic elements from our partner, Peter Rodgers.  It was one of the two main events at the NAMM music convention in LA.  About 1000 people attended from the 150K people NAMM crowd:

From the SPICE rack

(Special Projects celebrating Interdisciplinary Creative Education)

Steve Wilson, Cabrillo College music instructor, has launched a very entrepreneurial recording project using a very successful fundraising drive he mounted to finance the project. If you’d like to know more, go to his website:  and click on the tab that says ‘upcoming album.’

Jump on the SPICE rack, and join three dynamic SPICE teams! On Tuesday, February 5, from 12-2:30pm, nearly 40 VAPA and Cabrillo College faculty, staff, and students attended a workshop entitled: SPICE II – Special Projects to Stimulate Interdisciplinary Creative Education. This workshop allowed three new interdisciplinary SPICE action teams, comprised of faculty, staff, and students from the VAPA Division and beyond, to begin to develop strategic action plans and special projects that advance interdisciplinary creative education at Cabrillo. If you’re interested in joining one of these three teams, please share your interest with Dean John Graulty: IMPORTANT: Please encourage student leaders in your ensembles, classes, clubs, etc, to join this effort, as well as key alumni and advisory committee members:

1. Arts Entrepreneurship Team – to help unleash the creativity in ALL our students, and help them leverage their creative skills in new ways to improve their lives and the lives of others.

2. Reinventing Live Arts Experiences Team – to involve/engage more Cabrillo College students in our live arts events by reinventing live arts experiences to make them more engaging, participatory, socially relevant, and meaningful for a broader segment of our student population.

3. Arts Marketing Team – to initiate and assess new student-driven arts marketing efforts including more word-of-mouth (WOM) and other novel marketing strategies such as social media, flash mobs, etc.

Upcoming Events

Business of Art Seminars: From Passion to Profitability

Cabrillo VAPA, in collaboration with Cabrillo Extension, the Small Business Development Center, the Business & Entrepreneurship Center and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz offers a series of seminars to help artists start, manage, and grow their businesses. Artists will learn the basics of establishing an arts-based business, how to price their art, leveraging social media to increase sales and other marketing opportunities. All seminars $25 each. For full information or to register, please call 831-479-6331 or Cabrillo Extension website.

Saturday, February 23
The Business of Art 101

Saturday, March 30
Get Your Art Out There!
Solid Marketing Principles

Saturday, April 27
Leveraging Social Media for Your Art

Saturday, June 1
Cool Tech Tools to Sell Your Art

All seminars $30 each
All seminars 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Cabrillo VAPA Lecture Hall, Room 1001

Registration: at Cabrillo Extension

Cabrillo Gallery presents
Picturesque Flora Wallaceana –Botanical Ambulations in Greater Wallaceana 1854 to 1857
(An Installation by Scott Serrano)

February 15 – March 15
Reception: Thursday, February 14, 5:00-6:30 pm
Artist Talk: Following the reception at 6:30 pm
Cabrillo Gallery

Cabrillo College Presents 6th Annual Evening of World Theatre with Traditional Balinese Shadow Theatre Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM, Cabrillo Crocker Theater