Curatorial Research Bureau at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the hub of learning for California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. The graduate seminars are held at YBCA inside the CRB, a combined bookshop, exhibition, and public program where students intersect with rotating book inventories, participate in academic and public programs, and meet visiting practitioners. Students are integrated into the institutional infrastructure at YBCA by sitting in on planning meetings, bearing witness to conversations among curators and administrators about upcoming exhibitions, programs, and marketing.
In addition to the learning site of YBCA, the graduate program focuses on the intellectual, creative, and analytic qualities needed to participate in and contribute to the discourse of contemporary art. Drawing in part from the history of art and design, the program provides students academic resources and direction needed for engaging critically with contemporary culture. The program strives to provide students a broad perspective of the curator as a productive agent and mediator, a researcher who sees context as a valuable asset, building connections among artists, ideas, institutions, public space, online technologies, and their audiences.