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Growing up as an Afrikaner in Johannesburg has given Nicol Hammond a rare perspective on racism, social justice and their impact on many areas, particularly music. South Africa was at the height of Apartheid (literally meaning “the state of apart” in Afrikaans) when Hammond was born and had... [more]

As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s filmography is especially impressive. Her insightful perspectives on people and circumstances that usually don’t have a voice in our society, have led her to examine difficult subjects via her discerning camera lens. From... [more]

As the gaming industry continues to evolve from simple linear programming to cutting-edge artistic and interactive experiences, the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz is leading the way in this sweeping change by taking education in gaming to the next level – and world-renowned... [more]

The Arts Division is delighted to welcome Stephanie Moore, as the new Grants Coordinator starting November 17.  As a former journalist, human rights investigator, academic researcher, and Fulbright Fellow, Stephanie Moore brings a wealth of experience to her new position in the Arts Division.... [more]

UCSC's OpenLab: Blue Trail was recently awarded $10,000 from Alliance Data and its Epsilon business to help further the innovation and construction of 10 interactive art-design-tech installations that have been designed for San Francisco’s waterfront. Ideally it will consist of an interactive... [more]

Ever since he was a child growing up in New Haven, Conn, Rick Prelinger has held a fascination with history, changing landscapes, and how places transform over time.

Now a world-renowned archivist, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives and the Prelinger Library in San... [more]

Peter Limbrick, who is currently researching and teaching film and video from across the Middle East and North Africa, has been busy over the summer writing about acclaimed Moroccan director and key figure in Arab cinema, Moumen Smihi. “Having just finished an essay on Moumen... [more]

Peter Limbrick, who is currently researching and teaching film and video from across the Middle East and North Africa, has been busy over the summer writing about acclaimed Moroccan director and key figure in Arab cinema, Moumen Smihi. “Having just finished an essay on Moumen... [more]

USA Today recently reported that UC Santa Cruz has been rated as one of the best universities in the country at which to major in film. College Factual, a data-driven organization that ranks programs and institutions of higher... [more]

The esteemed John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco recently was the perfect setting for an evening celebrating the Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS).

IAS is being spearheaded by the UC Santa Cruz Arts Division and will be the first-ever academic... [more]

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