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UC Santa Barbara

The Spark of Creativity
From rigorous academics spring exceptional
performances and exhibitions
W H E N D I S T I N G U I S H E D A U T H O R Joyce
Carol Oates was crafting her new play "Bad Touch," she
brought it to UC Santa Barbara's LAUNCH PAD.
A program of the Department of Theater and Dance,
LAUNCH PAD invites professional playwrights to campus
to develop new works. Following a public reading of the play,
Oates chatted with the audience, presenting a rare opportunity to interact with one of the country's literary luminaries.
Such is only one example of the diverse arts experiences
available to the community by way of UC Santa Barbara.
The campus renowned for its groundbreaking research in
science and engineering also is home to vibrant programs
in the arts. Throughout the year audiences are treated to a
wide and eclectic variety of concerts, theater and dance performances and exhibitions that feature students and faculty.
While UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures presents concerts
and dance performances by world-renowned artists, talks
by groundbreaking authors and film series on campus and
in Santa Barbara-area venues, the academic programs fall
squarely within the university's teaching mission.
"Performances and exhibits are at the heart of UC Santa
Barbara's robust fine arts scene," said John Majewski, the
Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts. "We are
continually impressed with the work of our distinguished

faculty and talented students, and we greatly appreciate the
generous support they receive from the local community."
Take the music department. Collectively, its 26 ensembles
have virtually every genre covered. The award-winning UC
Santa Barbara Opera Theatre presents both fully staged
operas and selections of opera scenes by composers from
Mozart to Verdi to Massenet. And the World Music Series
features free, public performances by top artists in the Santa
Barbara area.
"Throughout the year, we present over 160 events," said
Scott Marcus, department chair and director of the Middle
East Ensemble. These include lectures and master classes by
visiting scholars and performers. "Our talented students and
faculty give the communities of Goleta and Santa Barbara
the chance to hear unique and often rarely-performed music
right in their own backyard."
Also in that backyard: UC Santa Barbara's Art, Design &
Architecture Museum, which offers multiple special exhibitions and events every year. It also regularly rotates installations from its permanent collections, featuring old masters,
American realists, contemporary and multimedia artists
and more.
Among the most impressive of the AD&AM's holdings is
its Architecture and Design Collection (ADC), the largest

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