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The arts and design fields encourage risk and creativity; teach collaboration and compassion; join the conceptual with the pragmatic; bring international cultures into bracing dialogue. For these reasons alone, arts and design plays a critical role in higher education and will continue to do so. Berkeley Arts + Design features, fortifies, and mobilizes existing excellence in the arts and design at UC Berkeley, while fostering dynamic collaboration, innovation, and public access across all arts and design fields, on campus and in public life.

Arts + Design Initiative Staff

Arts + Design Initiative, University of California, Berkeley
212 Dwinelle Annex, MC 1054
Berkeley, CA 94720

Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor, Arts + Design; Hadidi Professor Arts & Humanities
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afogarty.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Amber Fogarty, Executive Assistant to Shannon Jackson
afogarty.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Sarah Dragovich, Communications Manager
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sdragovich.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Renee Lin, Student Assistant, Communications and Administrative
rlin.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Susan Miller, Director of Organizational Strategy
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smiller.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Jesus Serna, Student Assistant, Administrative
jserna.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Soomin Suh, Student Assistant, Communications
soomins.artsdesign@berkeley.edu

Arts + Design Initiative, University Development and Alumni Relations

2080 Addison Street, 4th Floor #4200
Berkeley, CA 94720

Siobhan Bauer
Executive Assistant, Arts + Design, University Development and Alumni Relations
sgbauer@berkeley.edu

Jennifer Bevington
Associate Director of Development, Arts + Design, University Development and Alumni Relations
jbevington@berkeley.edu

Leti Light
Executive Director of Development, Arts + Design, University Development and Alumni Relations

 

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.

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.