The Central Valley hosts a rich and thriving community that is unique to California's expansive and varied geography. CCA seeks to engage this community in conversations which relate to issues that effect our local region and beyond. As such, CCA's themes are chosen based on modern topics that affect Fresno and its surrounding areas.
In the past, CCA has dedicated time to explore issues such as "Immigration, Migration, & Labor" as well as "Consumption & Sustainability." We have brought in artists, guest speakers, and creative intellectuals as well as collaborated with other organizations at Fresno State and in Fresno.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, CCA has chosen to explore the theme of "Data & Technology."
2012-2013: Consumption & Sustainability
For residents of California's Central Valley, the well-being of the natural environment has a direct bearing on our day-to-day living. For example, the Valley's largely agricultural economy relies on an adequate fresh water supply to feed us locally but also to feed the world. The success of the Central Valley's agricultural production impacts tables home and abroad. Recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability, the Center for Creativity and the Arts chose "Consumption & Sustainability" as its 2012-2013 theme.
2011-2012: Immigration, Migration, & Labor
In community with our Native American peoples, California is home to immigrants from countries as close as Mexico and as far as Australia and China. For some newcomers, the transition to making a livelihood in California has been easy. For many, it has not. The reasons for this variance are complex. To explore these variances, CCA chose "Immigration, Migration, & Labor" as its inaugural, 2011-2012 theme.
2013-2014: Data & Technology
2014-2015: Food & Water