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Art Strategy

The arts are deeply rooted in UC San Diego’s identity; our highly ranked arts departments, as well as our affiliations with artistic partners, have a strong tradition of both aesthetic experimentation and public engagement that makes us a leader among peer institutions.

The university is rich with opportunities to experience arts, culture and entertainment in multiple formats and venues. The addition of the UC San Diego Blue Line, along with the development of new spaces for culture and innovation – including the Epstein Family Amphitheater – will create further opportunities to offer art installations and performances that reflect, attract, and engage students, faculty, and staff as well as visitors from across the region.

Part of the strategic vision for UC San Diego’s future is aimed at fully realizing the university’s potential to be a welcoming and inclusive destination for arts, culture, and lifelong education for both the campus and broader communities.

Moreover, despite the presence of renowned programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, UC San Diego is often mislabeled a "STEM university." In growing to serve more diverse learners, it is essential that we continue to evolve and elevate our arts offerings as a key element of our campus identity.

As we prepare for this transformation, part of our strategic planning effort will include the development of guiding principles and an overarching strategy for the future of the arts at UC San Diego. To this end, several advisory groups have been charged with assessing the current state of the arts and art venues on campus; developing recommendations to engage both the university community and general public, including potential donors; informing acquisition policies and processes, including art curation, commissioning, and installation; as well as operationalizing strategy implementation and guiding related marketing and communication efforts.

A recent UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees meeting focused on art strategy as an exciting element of the university’s future. The content of the meeting is captured in the videos below.


Interim Advisor to the EVC on Art Strategy and Engagement

Art Strategy Advisory Group

Working closely with affiliated organizations including the Stuart Collection, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and the La Jolla Playhouse, the Art Strategy Advisory Group has been convened to assess the state of the arts on campus, compare our efforts to initiatives at peer institutions and develop a strategy for engaging the campus community in a broad and inclusive dialogue.

Campus Art Acquisition Advisory Committee

Campus Arts Communications Committee

Amphitheater Inaugural Season Taskforce