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About the Arts Research Institute

About the Arts Research Institute

The mission of the Arts Research Institute is to support and promote arts research, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and elevate the public profile of the arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz. We are committed to supporting the diverse artists and scholars of our campus in an environment of respect, support, innovation and exploration.

We do this by:

  • building and supporting Arts Division research initiatives 
  • coordinating and managing strategic planning and fundraising to elevate the visibility of the arts 
  • placing equity and inclusion at the center of our work
  • coordinating cross-divisional, multi-campus, and national arts research collaborations
  • administering the ARI faculty grant program

The ARI team:

  • Dr. Holly Unruh, Executive Director
  • Dee Hibbert-Jones, Faculty Director  
  • The ARI Executive Board


If you need to find funding for your project(s), and/or are already looking at a particular funding opportunity, please come see us.

Weekly, on Mondays, 10:30-11:30 am starting next Monday!

David Garcia, Director, Office of Research Development
Irena Polic, Managing Director, The Humanities Institute 
Caroline Rodriguez, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations 
Holly Unruh, Executive Director, Arts Research Institute
Please fill out this form and sign up for a Google calendar time slot here.
Questions? Please email Ned LeBlond @
We look forward to meeting with you! 

Click here to see a list of COVID EMERGENCY GRANTS

Creative Capital also maintains this list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.