Beyond the Classroom
The Department of Art and Art History developed a number of exciting projects as part of our CIVA (Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts) programming.
Funded by a major grant awarded by the Hearst Foundations since 2013, CIVA supports a number of initiatives that provide educational opportunities for our students while helping the department and university build relationships with local organizations.
Thanks to the generous support of the Hearst Foundation, the Department of Art and Art History arranges and underwrites numerous summer internships at local Bay Area arts institutions. In the past four years, we have placed over 35 students at a variety of locations including Montalvo Arts Center, the Palo Alto Art Center, the Institute for Contemporary Art, and Art in Action. Participation for the CIVA Internship Fellowships is competitive. Applications for the program are made available in the Winter quarter with placements taking place in the Spring. "We are particularly grateful to the Hearst Foundation for their continued support of the internship program. Since most arts institutions are not for profit, they do not have the ability to pay interns salaries. Traditionally, this has put students interested in pursuing a career in the arts at a disadvantage. The Hearst grant allows us to offer stipends to our students to cover their summer living expenses while working with our community partners. It is a marvelous opportunity, and one that has proved of inestimable benefit to our majors and minors," said Blake de Maria, a member of the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University.