Offering informal discussions, slide shows, readings, and performances, CRB is a forum where students, faculty, and the general public can convene for collective learning. To help produce this content, the platform invites practitioners at CCA and beyond to lead and attend events related to ideas that hold our attention as a community. Our objective is to bring audiences closer together—physically, in public space—for frequent engagement with art and ideas. To that end, we offer four programmatic models, including a focused exhibition:
AfterWord is a series of intimate, by-invitation-only gatherings with visiting arts practitioners following their larger public events at CCA and nearby institutions. The purpose is to involve graduate students, faculty, invited guests in an informal and more focused engagement with visiting practitioners, a unique opportunity to delve deeper into the topics touched upon in their formal public presentations.
Call + Response is an invitation to Bay Area cultural producers in the fields of design, architecture, humanities, civic affairs, urban planning, and more to connect with Curatorial Research Bureau by inserting their ideas and work into the public realm for open dialogue. This format draws on a long history of democratic participation, projecting thoughts and theories into civic gatherings where speaking and listening are valued equally as essential parts of productive public discourse.
Open Seminar creates opportunities for the graduate academic seminar to step into the public realm, with faculty, students, and visiting practitioners deciding how to intersect the typically reserved seminar format with a broader selection of invited attendees from the arts and culture scenes in the Bay Area.