Bay Area Art Schools Call Off Merger

The San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland have called off a previously announced merger. “The merger would have produced one of the nation’s largest fully accredited, independent school of visual arts outside of New York City. Currently, the Art Institute has about 650 students and 137 faculty members; California College of Arts and Crafts has about 1,300 students and 370 teachers.” The schools said that after much negotiation, “at the end of the day, out of respect for the two institutions, we concluded it just couldn’t be done.”