CAA's Weekly Updates


College of Adaptive Arts 

Sept. 13  – Sept. 17, 2021: Week 10/10 Summer Quarter 2021

Moving the Mountain for Eager Lifelong Learners

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*This is the final week of the Summer Quarter 2021. This is the first day of open enrollment for new prospective students to CAA. Tours are happening daily over Zoom – the last day for new students to enroll for the fall quarter is Monday, September 27.

*Here is the Fall Course Catalog for reference as your student is selecting fall course offerings:

* 13th Annual Film Festival | Celebrating Abilities
The results of the Favorite Snack Food Survey are in! Write up your shopping list because the Festival starts in one week on September 20. Reserve your front row seat at: .

The 13th Film Festival is free to attend but if you’d like to show your support consider making a donation at:!/donation/checkout.

*CAA is so very proud to announce it has secured its 2021 Great Nonprofits badge. Thank you to everyone who has submitted your story. We have 62 stories on the portal – we’d like to get to 100 by December 31st. We’d love for you to consider sharing your testimonial here:

*Watch for an email this week from Professor De inquiring about submitting a headshot for your student for our new registration portal + new graphic design pop-up and confirming the primary contact designated for your student.

*Audition Workshop: 
Join us for our Annual Audition Workshop on Friday, September 17th from 12:20 pm-1:00 pm PDT! CAA’s Graduate Theatre students will perform monologues from published productions, including Hamlet, 42nd Street, and Fences, then get feedback from our panel of Theatre professionals.

Email to RSVP! The Zoom link will be sent upon RSVP. The Zoom room opens to the audience at 12:15 pm and the program begins promptly at 12:20 pm. To allow the performers to concentrate, audience members must have their cameras and microphones turned off during the performances. This event will be recorded by CAA.

*Intermediate Theatre Performance:
Watch the Intermediate Theatre Performance class perform their original play, “Three Ladies And A Tiger,” on Thursday, September 16th from 12:30 pm-1:00 pm PDT!

Email to RSVP! The Zoom room opens to the audience at 12:25 pm and the program begins promptly at 12:30 pm. To allow the performers to concentrate, all audience members must have their cameras and microphones turned off during the performance. This performance will be recorded by CAA.

*This is a reminder there will be no student check-ins the week of September 20 – 24 – this week is exclusively dedicated to watching the exquisite 50 films of this year’s Celebrating Abilities Film Festival. Student check-ins will resume the week of September 27, going down to twice a week: on Tuesdays at 4pm and Thursdays at 10 am.

*Community Spotlight: Palo Alto Art Center is featuring:
The Art of Disability Culture
On View: September 11-December 11, 2021
Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA  94303
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free
Accessibility InformationThe Art Center facility is ADA compliant and accessible free parking is available outside the building. The Art of Disability Culture exhibition will feature numerous accessibility components to ensure that the broadest possible audience can experience the exhibition and related programs. Audio descriptions will be available for all works of art on view and will also be accessible on the website. Braille labels and audio descriptions will also be available for deaf/blind visitors. Public programs will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning. Social narratives will also be provided and available online for visitors with autism. Information about our accessibility resources can be found here:

*Professor De made it into the Purdue Alumnus magazine: Co-Founder/Executive Director DeAnna Pursai got her undergraduate degree from Purdue University. She was featured among many other Purdue women alumnae in the April Alumnus edition featured entitled Women at Work:

*College of Adaptive Arts is so proud to announce that the college was named Mission City Community Fund’s “2021 Nonprofit of the Year.” Mission City Community Fund of Santa Clara has been a stellar supporter of CAA over the years, helping this small and mighty college with equipment that has helped us reach a broader audience of adults eager to continue learning – from supporting our library to our digital media center, to support our marketing and business classes and this past year to investing in 2 new digital signage displays for the site as well as 3 digital Frameo frames to display continual new artistic & academic projects and creations. If you, your family, and your loved ones would like to send a thank you card to the Mission City Community Fund leadership team, it would be dearly appreciated. Please address it to Ms. Robin Burdick, Mission City Board of Directors, Mission City Community Fund, P.O. Box 587, Santa Clara, CA 95052-0587

*CAA on TV! 
Click this link to view and share the new KTVU Fox News story about the College of Adaptive Arts featuring an incredible interview with Dr. Pam:
*KTVU Fox News Giving Day – July 6

*Please enjoy the College of Adaptive Arts PSA created by CAA film/acting students sponsored by CreaTV/Heritage Bank: If you’d like to send a thank you note to Celeste Drake, she has been a kind and phenomenal behind-the-scenes supporter of College of Adaptive Arts over the years: Celeste Drake, Senior Vice President, Heritage Bank of Commerce, 333 West El Camino Real, Suite 150, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

* CAA Art Card Packs for Sale: $14 for a pack of 8 cards. Created by the exquisite CAA Student artists. Email Sue and Michele Breckenridge, or call Momma Sue at 530-306-9959.

* CAA is now able to accept stock donations through Edward Jones. This incredible community support was made possible by the tremendous generosity of Paul Dines of Edward Jones. Email and the 1-page pre-completed form will be sent to you if you’d like to donate stock. Please consider writing Paul a thank you card for being a true Mountain Mover for adults who historically have not had access to higher education: Paul Dines, Edward Jones, 69 Washington St., Santa Clara, CA 95050.

* CAA welcomes input and feedback. CAA has a new online form for accepting feedback – it’s the yellow button on the website homepage just below the podcast features. Please feel free to submit all feedback, including testimonials and suggestions for new classes and workshops here.

* 2021 Quarter Dates for Reference:

Summer Quarter 2021: Monday, July 5 – Friday, Sept 17
Mid-Quarter Break: Aug 9 – 13 (NO CAA Classes)

Fall Quarter 2021: Monday, Oct 4 – Tuesday, Dec. 21
Mid-Quarter/Thanksgiving Break: Thurs., Nov. 18 – Friday, Nov. 26 (NO CAA Classes)

* Visit the West Valley Campus & take a photo in front of your new school. To date, we’ve had 2 wonderful students visit West Valley College and take a photo in front of their new school. Here’s the map of CAA’s new home in the heart of the beautiful sprawling campus and we’ll add it to our growing list of CAA West Valley College Campus photos!

* Here are the CAA Policy documents that have been updated during this time of COVID distance learning.

* College of Adaptive Arts is on Amazon Smiles. If you are going to order anything through Amazon, the College of Adaptive Arts would be deeply obliged if you could consider remembering this equitable collegiate model. Here is the smile link: – College of Adaptive Arts is listed as a 501c3 charity.


CAA would like to sincerely honor and salute repeat donor and golf George Gugales for believing in this equitable, lifelong collegiate model of education for adults who historically have not had access to higher education.

Showcasing Student Artistic Creations: 

CAA student artists have their artwork on card packs for sale at the CAA site. Each pack has 8 different images created by 8 different student artists. Please visit CAA’s ever-growing Student Showcase Gallery.


This Week at CAA

  • Monday, December 16: Last Day of the Fall Quarter
  • Saturday, December 21:  CAA Walking Team in the community, 8:30 – 9:30am, email for this week’s location
  • Sunday, December 22nd, 6-7 pm Christmas in the Park Performances by Latizmo Dance Troupes, Belly Dancers & Cultural Dance Troupes + performances by Latizmo Hip Hop Productions.