Dr. John Graulty
Dean - Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts
Ed. D. - Columbia University Teachers College; M. Mus. - New England Conservatory; B. Mus. - Peabody Conservatory
With Cabrillo College since 2011
John Graulty, Dean of Visual, Applied, and Performing Arts at Cabrillo College, is passionate about the key role the arts play in improving the human condition and stimulating creative and critical thought. He has presented at national conferences and hosted seminars on topics including arts entrepreneurship, advocacy and engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and strategic planning. He is a strong advocate for training arts students to take an entrepreneurial approach to identifying and pursuing unique, self-directed, innovative, and highly impactful career pathways. With funding support from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Economic Workforce Development Doing What Matters initiative through the Cabrillo College Small Business Development Center, he is pursuing development of a creative entrepreneurship skills certificate for students in all visual, applied, and performing arts disciplines. He has also been instrumental in the development of a new FabLab in the Art Department at Cabrillo College, using a mix of donated and grant funded equipment to provide students with new art making opportunities using 3-D printers, a laser cutter, a 3-D scanner, and a CNC router.
John holds the Ed. D. from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory, and the Bachelor of Music Degree from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. As a former US Air Force conductor who has worked in mediums ranging from jazz to opera, John has conducted at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Red Army Theater in Moscow. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and the Steering Committee for the Santa Cruz County Alliance for Arts Education. Past academic and leadership appointments include Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Merced College (CA), Music Department Chair at Delaware State University and Goshen College (IN), and faculty posts at Butler University and the University of Indianapolis.