Arts Research Center

The Arts Research Center is a think tank for the arts. It acts as a hub and a meeting place, a space for reflection where artists, scholars, curators, and civic arts leaders from a variety of disciplines can gather and learn from one another.

ARC advances but also challenges the “cross-disciplinary” ethos in contemporary art practice by bringing innovators in the fields of visual art, creative writing, dance, theatre, music, architecture, film, public art, photography, and social practice into dialogue and debate. Participants share different histories, test perceptions of skill and innovation, and analyze the economic circuits and support systems that constrain and enable cross-disciplinary art practice.

Visit our staff page here and our over 70 affiliate faculty here, learn about upcoming ARC events on the navigation bar above, or view our past events here, and discover more about our exciting Poetry initiative here. We are grateful for the support and community building of our partners and co-sponsors, here


The Arts Research Center is located in 201 Dwinelle Annex on the campus of UC Berkeley, behind (west of) Dwinelle Hall.  A map can be found here


M, W, TH: 10am – 5pm (in person)

T & TH: 10am – 5pm (appointment/online)

Questions? Please contact Associate Director Laurie Macfee at Laurie is available by email 9:30-5:30pm M-F.

We look forward to seeing you soon!