|On the evening of Saturday, June 9, the Academy of Art University thanked local
high school and community college art educators for their tireless efforts to inspire students at
the first-ever Making a Difference Reception.
Attendees nibbled on tasty hors d’oeuvres while drinking wine from French Rabbit, an
eco-friendly wine producer that recently collaborated with the Academy of Art University Graduate
Fashion department. Students and teachers from schools such as Berkeley High School and Leland High
School in San Jose browsed the impressive student work at the 601 Brannan galleries.
“A lot of these kids don’t know what resources they have,” commented Larry Decker, who came
as a guest of San Leandro High School teacher Audrey Brown. He said that the students often don’t
know how to utilize all of the tools available to them.
Diane Dove (San Leandro High School), Mauricio Wright (Archbishop Riordan High School), Audrey
Brown (San Leandro High School), Guest, Shavon Grayson