ECC Community Education Wins Excellence in Community Education Award
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ECC Community Education Wins Excellence in Community Education Award

The El Camino College Community Education department recently received the 2018 Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) Excellence in Community Education Program Award.

The award recognizes ECC Community Education’s “Art of Science/Science of Art” event series. This innovative and successful multilayered programming series of special events, exhibits and workshops received praise and positive feedback from community members, ECC faculty and staff, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, which twice awarded the department with a Community Impact Arts Grant.

The second installment of this season’s Art of Science/Science of Art events continues on Feb. 17 with “Bass Cave Soundscape” and concludes on March 11 with “Women at the Villa Diodati.” The upcoming events correspond with the theme “Frankenstein 200,” a six-month bicentennial celebration of the January 1818 publication of Mary Shelley’s gothic romantic novel, “Frankenstein.” Other activities in the cultural series included a ghost writing contest, art/writing workshops, an art installation room inspired by the Villa Diodati in Switzerland where Shelley wrote “Frankenstein,” and an evening event featuring a movie screening and panel discussion.

ECC’s Community Education department was awarded its first Community Impact Arts Grant in 2016, supporting the launch of the event series. This three-part “Art of Science/Science of Art @The Planetarium” series invited the community to visit El Camino College to “Lounge, Listen, & Learn.” Participants assembled in the college’s Planetarium, which was set with beanbag chair seating for lounging and learning while attendees enjoyed planetarium shows, music, photography, and 3-D video art (with 3-D glasses!) projected onto the full dome and the surrounding walls of the Planetarium. The Observatory was also open; art displays, music and refreshments were also part of the series.

Due to its resounding success, “Art of Science/Science of Art” is now an annual event series and part of the El Camino College Community Education department’s ongoing programming. As a quintessential community education experience, the events bring many groups together to the El Camino College campus, providing an opportunity where faculty members, artists, business owners and families can collaborate and enjoy a shared learning experience.

For more information about upcoming events, call the Community Education office at 310-660-6460 or visit http://www.elcamino.edu/community/communityed/.

February 16, 2018