ARC (noun): a luminous bridge of electricity reaching across a gap

The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley is a think tank for the arts, an interdisciplinary space that brings people together—from across the university and beyond the university, from across the arts and beyond the arts—for unexpected conversations, collaborations and community-building.

The Arts Research Center serves as:

An incubator

ARC fosters individual and collaborative research in the arts, supporting both published scholarship and new creative activity. ARC provides a forum to share, test, and critique new work by UC Berkeley artists, arts scholars, and visiting fellows.

A nexus

ARC sponsors a broad range of programs that advance interdisciplinary arts research, including conferences and symposia, fellowships for faculty and students,curriculum development grants, faculty seminars and salons, online discussion forums, and artists’ residencies. ARC programs are often created in partnership with other universities, arts institutions, community organizations, and individual artists.

An advocate

ARC champions the centrality of the arts at our public university and in public life. We promote the inclusion and support of the arts and creativity in a broad range of campus and community initiatives.


Mapping the Conversation: The Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

QA wordcloud 2Celebrating the revised and expanded edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, the Arts Research Center is delighted to present, Questioning Aesthetics, a full day symposium this Friday, March 13th. Positioning aesthetics as both the subject and object of critique, we will explore a range of key questions in interdisciplinary art research related to participation, computing and the contemporary.

In preparation for the symposium, our panelists have shared introductory literature to frame the conversation. Click here to read more!