Inside Rainbow Sign, a vibrant hub for black cultural arts

From the outside, Rainbow Sign didn’t look like much. Housed in a modest building — previously a mortuary — it sat on the corner of Grove (now MLK Jr. Way) and Derby in Berkeley, a quiet, beige house with a tasteful, arched doorway.

Fall brings a brimming arts cornucopia to campus

Fall at UC Berkeley always arrives with an air of anticipation and this year follows suit, with an exhilarating lineup of events ranging from readings by award-winning poets, a student art exhibition on authority, chats with cartoonists, an adaptation of a classical play complete with a cloud structure and the holiday favorite, The Hard Nut.

Performing Strangers: Revisioning the Political Divide

Longtime UC Berkeley sociology professor Arlie Russell Hochschild has centered her work on understanding how those in the majority culture discuss and perceive minority groups.

Hamilton soundtrack gets new students On the Same Page

Hamilton — the hit Broadway show that blends hip-hop, pop, R&B and history to tell a diverse new generation the story of the country’s founding — is bringing together incoming students as the heart of this year’s On the Same Page program at UC Berkeley.

J-School Alums Loom Large in ‘17 Emmy Nominations

A UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism lecturer and 10 other alums have been honored in the latest round of News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations, some with multiple nominations.

Melville 100 at BAMPFA Pays Tribute to French Great

Some pretty tough films were directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, the French noir specialist who was born 100 years ago this year (he died in 1973, making the most of his 55 years of hard living).

47th Annual UC Berkeley MFA Show

Every spring, the six second-year MFA students show their final works in the newly opened Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Reflections on a vibrant year with our arts and design community

It’s been quite a year—for our country, for UC Berkeley, and for the Arts + Design Initiative.  We have navigated changes in our political landscape and confronted the challenge of maintaining free speech and freedom of assembly.

ARC | Arts + Design Media Fellow (Videos)

Nikki Doung, the ARC | Arts + Design Media Fellow, has created these videos that highlight the creative campus and programs at UC Berkeley. 

‘Made at Berkeley’ showcases student arts, design projects on campus

Run by the Berkeley Arts + Design Initiative, “Made at Berkeley” is a campuswide showcase of student works, including visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, environmental design and more. The showcase brings together numerous departments that are individually presenting student projects, often senior theses, under a single banner.