A + D | Reflections on a Vibrant Year with our Arts + Design Community

gradprogramartpracticeIt’s been quite a year—for our country, for UC Berkeley, and for the Arts + Design Initiative. We have navigated changes in our political landscape and confronted the challenge of maintaining free speech and freedom of assembly. At UC Berkeley, we are also welcoming a new Chancellor — Carol Christ will be the first woman to lead our campus. Amid these and other changes, we at the Arts + Design Initiative have steered ahead, responding nimbly to new developments while maintaining our mission to propel creativity for the greater good. We are proud to give you a snapshot of our achievements over the last year, including successes on both the frontstage and backstage of campus collaboration. We are thrilled to work with such visionary organizations, faculty, staff, and students as we unify, fortify, and amplify UC Berkeley’s tremendous creative culture. We welcome continued support and encourage you to explore ways to contribute to the mission of the Arts + Design Initiative.

Read Associate Vice Chancellor Shannon Jackson’s full end-of-year reflection here

Now Online: In Terms of Performance, a keywords anthology for contemporary cultural practice


In Terms of Performance is a keywords anthology designed to provoke discovery and generate shared literacies across disciplines. It features essays and interviews from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars who reflect on common yet contested terms in contemporary cultural practice. The publication is produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia and the Arts Research Center and is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center, and Paula Marincola, executive director of the Pew Center. To read the free publication online, please see here.