Arts + Design Initiative Staff
Arts + Design Initiative, University of California, Berkeley
212 Dwinelle Annex, MC 1054
Berkeley, CA 94720
Amber Fogarty, Executive Assistant to Shannon Jackson
Les Gorske, Student Engagement and Education Manager
Read Les's bio here.
Lauren Pearson, Programs Manager for Arts + Design Mondays and Wednesdays
Jesus Serna, Student Assistant, Administrative
Soomin Suh, Communications Assistant
Mission and History
Berkeley Arts + Design features, fortifies, and mobilizes existing excellence in the arts and design at Berkeley, while fostering dynamic collaboration, innovation, and public access across all arts and design fields, on campus and in public life. Home to countless Guggenheim recipients, Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows, Academy Award winners, Fulbright Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners, and National Academy of Sciences recipients, Berkeley’s art and design community has been a pioneering source for creativity and ingenuity for more than 150 years.
At a time when many tout the importance of ‘creativity,’ UC Berkeley’s arts and design landscape offers a distinctive and robust context for creative experiment, one enriched by the scientific and cultural wealth of a world-class public research university, one propelled by an historic public mission and a commitment to access and social impact. The University offers degrees ranging across music, visual arts, literature, film, theater, dance, architecture, and multiple design fields. With numerous internationally renowned museums, galleries, and presenting organizations, over 200 student clubs devoted to the arts and design, and an enviable roster of free public lectures and cultural events each day, the University of California, Berkeley is mobilizing new generations of creative leaders, arts audiences, and engaged citizens.
Established in 2015, Berkeley Arts + Design is a campus-wide initiative within the office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design, one that serves arts and design departments, schools, colleges, presenters, and student clubs. From Art Practice to Landscape Architecture, Cal Performance to Botanical Gardens, Holloway Reading Series to Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Student Musical Activities to Innovative Design Club, Arts + Design cultivates cross-campus conversations, strengthens student experiences, propels new courses and academic offerings, supports public events, and fuels collaborative faculty research in the creative sphere.