Dean’s Dish – 4th Blog Edition – March 18, 2013

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

What an action-packed weekend we just had at the Cabrillo College Arts Complex! On Friday and Saturday, the 27th Annual Santa Cruz Jazz Festival and approximately 3,000 young jazz musicians from far and wide descended upon Cabrillo to experience jazz with Cabrillo’s luminary faculty and guest artists of the likes of Lew Soloff, trumpeter with Blood, Sweat, and Tears!  Meanwhile, Patrick Stafford’s Lighting Fabrication class continued their work all day Saturday in VAPA 3005, and Sunday saw the studios abuzz with extension offerings by Ron Cook (Wood Carving) and Penny Waller (Warm Glass Techniques), and a metals workshop hosted by Dawn Nakanishi!

Today, Monday 3/18, from 11am-2pm, watch a ceramics presentation and demo by Trent Burkett of University of the Pacific. Here’s a link to his web site: He trained Brooke Cashion, our beloved Cabrillo ceramics lab tech. Come experience wonderful evidence of great inspiration and training in ceramics. The in-class presentation/demo is free and open to the public.

Students, be sure to stop by VAPA 2005 at 2:40 tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19, to spend half an hour with David Wolfe, Admission Director at the San Francisco Art Institute, to learn about opportunities to continue your education there!


Enjoy this 4th edition of Dean’s Dish delivered via our new blog! Also, check out SPICY Morsels and interesting links on the SPICE Rack, and send me info and web sites you’d like to post on this new blog:

Have a great week!

John Graulty

Dean of VAPA

Attention Students!!

Late Starting VAPA

Cybersession Online Courses still available THIS SPRING!

Register NOW!

MUS 12 World Music – 3.00 units – M.Strunk.  Section 81946 is an ONLINE course. Meets 8 weeks 4/15 – 6/7.

 TA 9 Appreciation of Theatre Arts – 3.00 units – R.Aronson. Section 81947 is an ONLINE course. Meets 8 weeks 4/15 – 6/7.


TA 27 – Theater Production Workshop – 1.00 unit – Fridays 3/18 – 5/13; Section 79554

MUS 31LS Recording Techniques III – Live Sound Production  – 1.50 units – MW 4/15 – 6/5; Section 79882

MUS 57B – Music and Computers II: Electronic Music Composition – 1.50 units – TTH 4/16 – 6/6; Section 79311

Interesting Tidbits

Approximately 45 Santa Cruz County K-12 Arts Specialists descended on Cabrillo on Wednesday, March 6th, for a very successful Professional Development Session with Cabrillo VAPA Division Faculty!

Here’s what folks had to say about the event…

What a wonderful afternoon! Connections were made and friendships were forged! THANK YOU all for allowing the arts educators of Santa Cruz to have this opportunity! – Susan Megorden, Arts Educator, PVUSD

Thanks for setting this up.   I had several faculty come back after they saw the initial display of drawings and were each given an outline of my class. This was a great opportunity! – Ann Thiermann, Cabrillo College Art Faculty

Nice! Fun to show off our facilities. – Janet Fine, Cabrillo College Photo Labs

What a wonderful event you hosted and I really enjoyed hearing James (Durland) teach. He’s hilarious! Students obviously love him. I took notes to use in my class. Just wanted to thank you for working with Mary (McLaughlin – COE Arts Coordinator) to arrange all of that for us. It’s always a treat to collaborate with other teachers. – Beth Hollenbeck, Music Instructor, Scotts Valley High School

Both your instructors and you were incredibly welcoming and the teachers thoroughly enjoyed the session…Looking forward to continuing the collaboration between the COE, the K-12 arts specialists and Cabrillo! – Mary McLaughlin, Arts Coordinator, Santa Cruz County Office of Education

Community college grads earn more than bachelors degree holders! Read more:

Spicy Morsels

SPICE up your life by joining one of three dynamic SPICE teams! Join VAPA and Cabrillo College faculty, staff, and students to explore Special Projects to Stimulate Interdisciplinary Creative Education. Please encourage student leaders in your ensembles, classes, clubs, etc, to join this effort, as well as key alumni and advisory committee members. To join the effort, contact: There are three exciting teams at work in the following areas:

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.

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 $30 each. For full information or to register, please call 831-479-6331 or Cabrillo Extension website.

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

VAPA Faculty & Students Out ‘n’ About …in the community and on the web!

Check out top Cabrillo Music Technology & Recording Arts (MTRA) student Henry Chadwick’s recent amazing original song/video production posted just a few weeks ago on YouTube. Henry is a student of James Durland and is interning at Universal Audio in Scotts Valley and destined for the Berklee College of Music in Boston:


March 30 – July 7, 2013

Featuring several Cabrillo Faculty