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The Athena Project

Every spring, the Athena Project immerses California College of the Arts (CCA) students in the contemporary cultural mix of the exciting and multiethnic neighborhood of Fruitvale, where they mentor local youth. 

ENGAGE: Athena Project brings students from the California College of the Arts (CCA) to Peralta Hacienda each spring. 

CCA faculty member Virginia Jardim founded the program four years ago to mentor local youth in the arts and give art 
Final art works are joint collaborations which develop the skills of good communication, collaboration and group decision making

ENGAGE: Athena Project is an innovative project-based learning initiative, combining the Community Arts Program's successful 
model of community engagement with the project-based learning approach of the architecture and design disciplines. 
students the experience of working in the Fruitvale community. Art projects require CCA students to interview residents and research the background of the contemporary cultural mix of the neighborhood. 
Partnering with youth at schools such as United for Success and ARISE challenges CCA students to share the artistic skills they have acquired. 




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