The University of California, Davis, offers opportunities for study with internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in virtually every area of the performing and visual arts. The academic departments also offer outstanding music, theater, dance, and visual arts performances and shows that are open to the public.
UC Davis Arts (http://www.ucdavis.edu/arts_culture/) encompasses programs in Music, Theatre and Dance, Studio Art and Art History, TechnoCultural Studies, Design, and six visual art galleries and museums. These departments and programs present over 100 performances in eight different venues on campus, including the exciting Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and numerous exhibitions at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery, the Carl N. Gorman Museum, and the Design Museum.
UC Davis Arts also includes the campus’ resident performing ensembles, including professional companies—Sideshow Physical Theatre Company and the Empyrean Ensemble—and outstanding student/community groups such as the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, Gospel Choir, University Concert Band, Early Music Ensemble, and Baroque Ensemble.
The university’s arts departments also sponsor many fine artist-in-residence programs, free noon concerts, lecture series, and workshops. And, in partnership with California’s public schools, ArtsBridge, the University of California’s arts outreach program, they work to bring quality arts education to K-12 students.
Department of Theatre and Dance
The Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis offers undergraduate and graduate degrees inconjunction with an aggressive and artistically adventurous production season. Courses and productions provide students with consistent opportunities to creatively engage with professional directors, designers,
and choreographers. The department, in collaboration with the Granada Television network, is host of the Granada Artists-in-Residence program, which brings distinguished theater artists from the United Kingdom to UC Davis. A stellar faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and talented students make UC Davis a leader in arts education.
Sierra North Arts Project
The Sierra North Arts Project (SNAP) fosters
the professional development of kindergarten
through post-secondary teachers
by employing the model of teachers teaching teachers. SNAP addresses thepriorities of the California Arts Project involving direct engagement with the artistic process, direct applications to classroom teaching, and the development of teacher leaders in arts education. The Sierra North Arts Project is one of eight California Arts Project regional sites and two satellite sites located throughout the state, and it serves a ten-county area extending from the Central Valley to the Lake Tahoe basin. The goals set forth by SNAP cover four key objectives: (1) to deepen
and strengthen teachers’ subject matter knowledge; (2) to provide opportunities for teachers to connect with their personal creativity and to develop connections within the arts learning community; (3) to enhance and expand SNAP within the region and create a wide variety of leadership
opportunities for SNAP members; and (4) to develop strategies and techniques for translating research experiences into classroom
Department of Music
The Department of Music at UC Davis features a distinguished faculty and accomplished visiting artists, and provides outstanding instruction to students majoring in music as well as more than 1,200 non-majors each academic year. The program includes opportunities to study and perform music of all styles and periods, with students majoring in music focusing on a special interest area such as composition, analysis, history, performance, or secondary school teaching. All students may participate in a wide array of performance activities, including the University Symphony, the University Chorus and Chamber Choir, University Concert Band, the Early Music Ensemble, and chamber music ensembles.
Mondavi Center Arts Education
Many of the artists appearing during Mondavi Center’s season also participate in a range of educational outreach activities coordinated by the center’s Arts Education program. These activities include school matinees, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, open rehearsals, curriculum development. These outreach activities, which benefit more than 30,000 area schoolchildren, college students, educators, and community residents every season, constitute a major commitment to arts education in the region and underscore UC Davis’ commitment to the artists and audiences of the future.