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A collection of online events and resources to access from our inspiring campus and regional community.

View the first newsletter here, the second here, and the third iteration of the newsletter here.  

A collage of students engaging in creativity at UC Berkeley


Sampling the Arts Online

Berkeley Online Events

Oct 26, 6:30pm PDT
Lawrence Lek: The Sinofuturist Trilogy: Sinofuturism (1839–2046 AD), Geomancer, and AIDOL
Interlaced with conspiracy theories and speculative fiction, Lawrence Lek’s CGI films, installations, and open-world games explore the geopolitical impact of automation and simulation. 

Oct 29, 12:00pm PDT
Purin Phanichphant: Right Place, Right Action, Right Time
In this talk, Purin Phanichphant will discuss how tools, including AI classification algorithms, influence his aesthetics in past and future projects.

Oct 29, 4:00pm PDT
Radical Vision: Lorraine Hansberry, Artist and Activist
The Patrick Finelli Keynote Speaker Series and UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies present: Prof. Soyica Colbert, Georgetown University "Radical Vision: Lorraine Hansberry, Artist and Activist"

Oct 29, 4:00pm PDT
Weaving Language: New Reflections on Corn Husk Bags
Readings of new work in Ni:mi:pu: (Nez Perce) and English, inspired by the tradition of corn husk bag weaving amongst Plateau peoples.

Oct 30, 12:00pm PDT
Fall 2020 LEP Reading Room
The LEP Reading Room was launched in the spring of 2020 to create a virtual space where the campus community can connect around a shared love of literature. 

Nov 1, 4:00pm PDT
Livestream: Vote Feminist Parade
Just in time for the election, artist Michele Pred presents a digital art event entitled Vote Feminist Parade. Taking place via Zoom, the program combines video recordings of two parades performed in New York and Oakland as well as live music performances, participatory singing, guest speakers, and a guided radical love meditation.

Nov 2, 6:30pm PDT
In Conversation: Lava Thomas and Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle. Monumental: Public Art and Protest 2020
During this pivotal time of civil unrest and the continued questioning of violence inherent within existing monuments dedicated to conquest, supremacy and subjugation, interdisciplinary visual artists, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Lava Thomas will be in conversation concerning dismantling the hegemonic factors within public art selection and who determines what monumental is.

Nov 3, 11:30am PDT
Visual Activism: Erin McElroy
Erin McElroy is a postdoctoral researcher at New York University’s AI Now Institute, researching the digital platforms and technologies used by landlords in order to surveil, track, and racialize tenants. 

Nov 5, 12:00pm PDT
Gene Luen Yang: Character Development Aesthetics
Renowned comic book author Gene Luen Yang @geneluenyang (American Born Chinese, Airbenders, Boxers and Saints, Dragon Hoops, New Kid) speaks about the origins of his distinctive narrative aesthetic, which allows him to show how characters develop and transform through their narrative experiences. 

Nov 5, 5:00pm PDT
World Re-Building: Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures

Skawennati will present the artwork and ideas of the Indigenously-determined research/creation networks she has helped to found, lead and coordinate.​​​​​​​


Berkeley Online Collections

Arts + Design Mondays
Our Arts + Design Mondays is back as a free webinar series! Visit for the most up-to-date information on participants and topics.

Arts + Design Thursdays
Curated by Greg Niemeyer, professor in UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice, this series will focus on the interactions between image, mind and society.

BAMPFA From Home
Connect with the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive online as they join the nationwide #MuseumFromHome effort to keep on sharing the art, culture, and community we all crave right now.

Berkeley Arts + Design Video Archive
Explore our robust digital archive of Arts + Design Mondays and Thursdays lectures from years prior on our Berkeley Arts + Design YouTube channel.

Berkeley Art Studio: Spring Online Classes
The art studio is closed right now, but we have moved many of our classes online! Stay connected to our community, learn something new, and support the Studio we all love.

Cal Performances At Home
Original, full-length performances streamed direct to your home screen. Tickets will go on sale Sept 8 at noon (PDT).

Cal Performances: Now, More Than Ever
A series of performing arts videos for a time of physical distancing. Compiled by Jeremy Geffen, Executive and Artistic Director, Cal Performances

Hearst Museum Online Collection
The Hearst Museum offers countless hours of digitized film in the Hearst's online collection, in addition to a robust digitized collection of all of their holdings.

Pandemic Diaries, Art of Writing
The Pandemic Diaries is virtual anthology with the aim of convening the thoughts and reflections of our colleagues, students, and friends as we live through this unprecedented time.

Shelter-in-Place Book List, UC Berkeley Library
UC Berkeley librarians suggest books to read while you're stuck at home. All of the selections on this list are available online for free. So, as much as you can, stay calm, and read on.

Tale of the Tibetan Nomad Still

Beyond Berkeley: A+D Picks for Happenings, Videos, and Collections

Ailey All Access
For a limited time, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is streaming full-length videos of the Company performing on stage, with broadcasts of past performances every Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Dorothea Lange Digital Archive at the Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California houses Lange's personal archive, a gift from the artist that includes 25,000 negatives, 6,000 vintage prints, field notes, and personal memorabilia. 

First Look: New Art Online
A series of innovative online projects and new commissions by the New Museum, a leading destination for new art and new ideas, and Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

In Terms of Performance
In Terms of Performance, produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Arts Research Center, generates shared literacies for how we understand the goals, skills, and artistic traditions of experimental interdisciplinary work.

Minnesota Street Project Group Exhibition: Invincible Summer 
This online exhibition is open through September, 2020.

Nightly Met Opera Streams
Met launches “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the coronavirus closure.

Roxie Virtual Cinema
SF's iconic nonprofit cinema is screening films and movies that may no longer be able to receive a proper theatrical release virtually. 50 % of each ticket purchased will go to support the Roxie.

Silkroad Virtual Concert Series
Silkroad artists will be sharing short, musical performances live on Facebook and Instagram — bringing music of comfort and joy directly from our homes into yours! 

The Bancroft Library: Civil Rights Movement in the Bay Area
This exhibit shows the struggles and triumphs during the Civil Rights Movement in the Bay Area through photographs and news stories from the News-Call Bulletin Newspaper during the period 1960-1965.


Creative Discovery: Projects & Pedagogy

A new category that anticipates more creative encounter on our campus as we turn our eyes toward Fall of 2020 at UC Berkeley.

ArtiviveUC Berkeley Professor Standing On Top of Desk

Artivive is an augmented reality (AR) tool that allows artists to create new dimensions of art by linking physical with digital art. Visit the Arts + Design Artivive resources page to learn how you can mobilize the use of Artivive to enhance and scale creative pedagogy.

Faculty: Arts + Design will fund the use of Artivive in courses that use AR in creative pedagogy. Please send an email to Soomin Suh, Communications Coordinator at the Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative, at, for more details on how to get involved. 

Campus Public Art + Architecture Map

With indoor museums and art centers closed for the time being, Berkeley Arts + Design invites the community to explore the largest collection of artworks that UC Berkeley has to offer—the UC Berkeley campus. Explore UC Berkeley's rich arts landscape with the new Campus Public Art + Architecture Map, created in collaboration with Artivive, an AR/VR app. The campus map is coming soon.

Made at Berkeley Gallery Student Nominations

Berkeley Arts + Design invites all UC Berkeley students to submit their art works, writing, and design projects to the Made at Berkeley Gallery hosted on the Arts + Design website. All forms of online cultural production are encouraged, especially during this time when access to physical resources may be limited.

To have your work published on our site and promoted across our social channels, please complete this Google form and submit your high-res file (limit ONE per person/project).



Art Relief Funds and More Resources

Relief Funds:

The following are financial resources and guidelines for artists and arts organizations affected by COVID-19. *More comprehensive lists of resources can be found below.

Berkeley Student Resources:
Cal COLA Mutual Aid / Financial Emergency Fund - Requests Form
UCB Mutual Aid Fund

Bay Area Emergency Fund: Artists/Event Production 
Berkeley Relief Fund

COVID-19 Relief for Bay Area Arts
Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund
SF Arts Relief Fund: Arts Loans
SF Queer Nightlife Fund
Untitled, Art Emergency Fund

American Society of Journalists & Authors Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Artists' Fellowship
Artist Power Center
Artist Relief
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Authors League Fund
Blues Foundation HART Fund
Carnegie Fund for Authors
CERF+ Craft Emergency Relief Fund

COVID-19 Relief Fund: Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Max's Kansas City Project
MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

New York Foundation for the Arts' COVID-19 Emergency Grants and Resources
Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund
Rauschenberg Emergency Grants
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Washington DC VoxCorona Emergency Relief for Artists

More Resources:
Alliance of Artists Communities COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies Resources + Approaches
Common Field COVID-19 Resources for the Artist Organization Field
COVID-19 & Freelance Artists Emergency Funding
Creative Capital List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
CUE Covid-19 Artist Resources
Issue Project Room COVID-19 Resources
KQED Emergency Funds for Freelancers, Creatives
NEA COVID-19 Resources 
Intersection for the Arts: Artist Resources
SF Arts Commission Resources
W.A.G.E. Guidelines for the Postponement or Cancellation of Work

Support Those who Support Local Artists

Our growing list of collectives, galleries, studios, and micro-commissioning sites that support artists, their work and their lives, directly.  Below is a sampler of organizations who have collaborated with A+D and our allied units, and those who represent artists important to our campus community. 

3 Fish Studios
Aggregate Space Gallery
Altman Siegel

Bay Area Women's Theatre Festival

Berkeley Rep School of Theatre
Catharine Clark Gallery
Creative Growth
Creativity Explored 
EastSide Arts Alliance 

Gallery Wendi Norris
Haines Gallery
Headlands Center for the Arts
LIV & CHIU Art Studio
Queer Cultural Center 
Root Division 
San Francisco Women Artists

San Francisco Women Artists
SF Film Society
Shibumi Gallery
The Crucible
The Lab
Traywick Contemporary