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  • Sam

    Our curriculum emphasizes working in and with communities across the globe.

  • Carpenter

    MA/PhD in Culture and Performance

    WACD emphasizes interdisciplinary and intercultural research on performance and creativity.

  • Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

  • Peter

    Many of our students study critical curatorial practices, asking how art is shown, shared, and produced in local and global contexts.

  • World Arts Field Studies

    World Arts Field Studies

    Our student engage in intensive explorations of diverse communities, locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Weaving

    Our BA degree in World Arts and Culture provides courses in visual studies, community arts and activism, as well as ethnographic practices.

  • Shorter

    Among the performances we study, ritual provides a particular insight into people's world views. 

  • WACD

    WACD

    WORLD ARTS AND CULTURES/DANCE—the name itself expresses a commitment to cross-cultural understanding through the arts.

  • Kevin

    MFA in Dance

    The MFA in Dance offers opportunities to engage multiple movement practices as students work on pioneering research in the form of new choreography. Here, MFA student Kevin Williamson showcases his project on masculinity, intimacy, and internalized homophobia.

  • Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Art & Global Health Center at UCLA

    Founded in 2006, the Art & Global Health Center at UCLA seeks to nurture a global network of artists, advocates and experts working in the realm of public health.

sm WesleyDays

WACD MA alum John Wesley Days, Jr is an educator, multi-media artist, facilitator, musician. His areas of expertise includes: group process facilitation, intercultural communication, global project management, and conflict mediation with a focus on creating conditions to uproot systemic causes of conflict over the long term.

From his work with the United Nations to his contributions to numerous global non-governmental organizations, Wesley generates opportunities to reveal the complexity of conflict and to help people navigate an uncertain world. His work is motivated by the need for greater cultural understanding and cooperation in the world.

His most innovative work was the nine country exhibition, Destiny 2000, which modeled how artists could infuse cultural and artistic expression into dialogues of resistance against oppression, in order to create a confluence of energy. Wesley is also the Brazil Country Director of The Lion Shade Group.

As EmcArts’ Process Facilitator, John Wesley designs and delivers process frameworks, content and theory about adaptive change and innovation, and supports arts leaders, organizations and networks in embedding and operationalizing adaptive skills.

Who and what inspires you to work towards innovation and adaptive change in the arts?

I am deeply inspired by the work of Rebecca Rice at the Living Stage Theater in my hometown of Washington, DC, and the work of Brazilian Theater Director Augusto Boal, who created Theater of the Oppressed. Rebecca was a performer, teacher, playwright and anti-racism activist for over 30 years, and I had the great honor of participating in community theater projects that she designed and led. After her passing, her work continues to inform my practice. And I’m inspired by how Augusto Boal’s immersive experiences enable people to analyze root causes, explore solutions, and celebrate the power of arts as an engine of social transformation.

What do you wish you could see more of in the arts and social sectors?

I wish I could see more spaces in the arts for social interventions that challenge the legitimacy and normalization of dominant ideology in order to encourage more egalitarian social relations. I wish there were more places to challenge how we define ourselves, and more flexible and dynamic facilitation styles that that help participants reconnect with their bodies, explore systems leadership, and develop their own consciousness. I’d like to see more perceptual and conceptual strategies that move us past outmoded or inflexible concepts of power and resistance.

In the News

pang

Pang! is a triptych of three radio plays based on the lives of three families living below the poverty line and hungering for a change. As Pang!'s premiere approaches, we would like to highlight the story of Cedar Rapids family. The parents of the Cedar Rapids family escaped war-torn Burundi and found shelter in a Tanzanian refugee camp. After the birth of their first child, the family resettled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Their radio play is based on the unforeseen circumstances the family faced as refugees in America. Shows in Cedar Rapids October 21st and 22nd. Shows in Los Angeles coming Dec 2nd and 3rd.

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willys

WACD’s Willy Souly featured in Dance Teacher. Five artists who bring the music and dance of West Africa to U.S. Campuses. People are flocking to West African classes across the country. Students are enticed by the sounds of the drums, exhilarated by the movement and want to come back for more. Each dance has a meaning and function, so they are also learning about the many different cultures within West Africa. In Burkina Faso alone there are more than 60 ethnic groups, each with its own language, instruments and dances. Listening to the music, one may hear sounds that are reminiscent of reggae, salsa, highlife or Afro-beat. This is part of the allure for American students. Click here to read the story.

 

exhibit

WACD graduate student Francesca Albrezzi co-curated an exhibition with I-Wen Chang (a WACD department graduate) that opened recently in Taiwan at the Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition: Hot Body, Cool Tech: Performative and Choreographed Bodies in New Media focuses on looking at how performative and choreographed bodies exist in an era of new media. The unique collection of new media works in this exhibition prompts deeper thinking around the relationship between people and new technologies, such as: How is performance conceptualized and investigated? How does technology affect our understanding of the human agency in theorizing the body? How do we understand and define our humanness within a growing digital world, where machines are programmed to act like humans and humans are encouraged to perform like machines? For more information on the exhibition click here.

 

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Yes to Bodies - Danyel Moulton
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Yes to Bodies - Natalie Klinge - Tess Goodrich
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Panel Discussion w/ Francesca Albrezzi "Advanced Research Cyberinfrastructure"
Wed Oct 25 @ 6:00PM
Yes to Bodies - Alex Almaraz - Malia Lam

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