Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art - Sister College Program
Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art is the only state-run full-time comprehensive art institute of higher education in Zhejiang province. In December of 1999, Zhejiang provincial government gave approval to the incorporation of Zhejiang Art School and Zhejiang Film School. Later Zhejiang Art Research Institute was merged into the combination, thus in January 2002, Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art was officially founded. Learn more about the Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art.
In February 2010, a delegation of 6 Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art officials and instructors visited Ohlone College. During this visit, and in order to further deepen the scope of our exchange partnership, the two schools agreed to the following:
- Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art and Ohlone College agree that, in reviewing the implementation of our previous Cooperation Agreements, tremendous achievements have been made. These achievements have occurred in the realm of international educational and cultural exchange. Participants in the exchange activity have benefitted enormously, as mutual learning about the U.S. and China, and the San Francisco Bay Area and Hangzhou, respectively, have occurred.
- Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art agrees to host 4-5 Ohlone College professors, in the fields of Music, Dance, and/or related areas, for short-term teaching assignments during Summer 2010.
- Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art and Ohlone College agree to explore the possibility of Ohlone College hosting short-term J-1 Visa scholars from Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art
On January 23, 2009 Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art (Hangzhou, China) and Ohlone College (Fremont, California, U.S.A.) signed a second Cooperation Agreement, to further strengthen the Sister College relationship between the two institutions.
In April 2009, Ohlone College President Dr. Gari Browning and an accompanying delegation visited Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art, and viewed Arts performances by Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art students. The Ohlone College delegation led by Dr. Browning also met Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art President He Zhiyuan.
In Summer 2009, Ohlone College Music Professor Dennis Keller taught Music and Choir at Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art.
Vocational Academy of Art delegation visits Ohlone College
In April 2008, a delegation of 36 Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art administrators and students visited Ohlone College, and conducted 4 dance performances for the Ohlone and Fremont / Tri-Cities communities.
The Zhejiang group performed in front of near-capacity crowds at the Ohlone College Gary Soren Smith Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. They also visited Ohlone performing arts classes, and engaged in cultural exchange activities and conversations with Ohlone College students.
Ohlone College Music Instructors visit Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art
Ohlone faculty members Dennis Keller and Tim Roberts spent two weeks of the summer of 2008 in Hangzhou, China, as part of an Arts exchange program between Ohlone College and the Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art. They led workshops on Opera, Jazz Improv, Spirituals and Pop styles, as well as presenting academic lectures on Broadway History, the African Diaspora, and Motown.
Zhejiang Academy specializes in Western classical music as well as Chinese traditional music. Jazz and Commercial music, however, as creations of 20th-Century Western popular culture, are looked at with some anxiety by the Chinese musical Establishment. Dennis and Tim were honored to have the opportunity to share a bit of America with the Chinese, and we at Ohlone look forward to an ongoing exchange of musical inspiration.
Please have a look at a short video highlighting Dennis, Tim and the students' experiences.
In May of 2007, a delegation of Ohlone College faculty and students visited Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art, and engaged in exchange experiences that deepened the group’s understanding of Chinese culture and performance art. At that same time Ohlone College formalized a Cooperation Agreement with Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art, which included an invitation for a return visit, to Ohlone College, by Zhejiang Vocational Academy of Art staff and students.