The California College of the Arts (CCA) received a total of $4.7 million in grants from three organizations—Gensler, Amazon, the Jade Supply Foundation—and an anonymous benefactor. To fund three scholarship programs at San Francisco-based CCA and the M. Part of the generous proceeds will be used to establish the Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design Excellence, a new initiative aimed at fostering diversity within the architecture industry, which has historically been a racially homogenous field.
New M. The Arthur Gensler Jr. Center for Design will provide scholarships, mentoring and career counseling to CCA students with the goal of making design education more accessible and equitable. Over the past 20 years, Gensler has supported a variety of scholarship programs in the United Kingdom, including the Rising Black Designer Scholarship, the Brinkman Scholarship + Design Challenge, and the Diversity in Design Bursary. Founding partner Art Gensler served on CCA’s board for 11 years until his death in May 2021.
“Gensler has a long history of supporting and encouraging a more diverse and innovative community in architecture and design, which was pioneered by our late founder Art Gensler,” said Robin Kleher Avia, Gensler Charitable Cause Chair and Board of Directors member, in a press release. Liberation. “Both CCA and Gensler believe that the future of design depends on cultivating a range of ideas and influences. We continue the industry’s legacy by providing faculty support, scholarship and mentorship within the community, and other educational and professional opportunities to help a diverse range of CCA students become the design leaders of the future.” Proud to be honored.”
In addition to a $1 million gift from the Gensler family and $1 million from a San Francisco-based global architecture firm, CCA received funding from e-commerce giant Amazon, the Jade Supply Foundation, and an anonymous donor to establish scholarships for CCA students. Amazon pledged $100,000 to split between two low-income Bay Area students — over four years — pursuing degrees in game art and fashion design at CCA.
“Amazon works to support students from diverse economic backgrounds that inspire innovation and creativity. We believe deeply in the power of investing in the communities where we live and work,” said Sally Kay, Amazon’s regional head of public policy and external affairs.
On a similar note, the Z Supply Foundation pledged $100,000 to students studying design, art and fashion at CCA who “bring diverse experiences, ideas and creative work.” Jade Supply Foundation is a philanthropic initiative started by Greg Garrett, a CCA alumnus and co-founder and CEO of online apparel retailer Jade Supply “The education I received at CCA was invaluable, giving me knowledge throughout my career, Gave skills and confidence. apparel industry,” Garrett said. “As an expression of gratitude for that experience, and as a commitment to the community, Z SUPPLY wants to give back by helping future designers earn degrees at CCA.”
In addition, an anonymous Bay Area donor pledged $2.5 million to CCA to cover full-ride scholarships, tuition and housing for 20 low-income students over eight years. All scholarships will be awarded to recipients for the current 2022-23 academic year.
These gifts reinforce CCA’s already significant investment in diversity, which averages $16 million in annual funding. For more than 20 years CCA has pursued greater educational equity and ranks among the most diverse in the United States. According to college data, 25 percent of its student body is first-generation college students, 34 percent are eligible for Pell grants and 85 percent receive financial aid or scholarships.