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Art + Technology + Social Justice

The new Arts for All initiative partners the arts with the sciences, technology and other disciplines to develop new and reimagined curricular and experiential offerings that nurture different ways of thinking to spark dialogue, understanding, problem solving and action. It bolsters a campus-wide culture of creativity and innovation, making Maryland a national leader in leveraging the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to collaboratively address grand challenges.


Driskell artwork

Tell and Show

September 14, 2022

Guests curate Driskell Center exhibit by sharing artworks that moved them.

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Anokha, founded in 2001, belts out its South Asian fusion music sans instrumental backing.

Loud and Proud

September 12, 2022

Maryland Today offers a guide to UMD's a cappella groups and what makes each of them unique, whether it’s a focus on the music of a certain region, the gender or cultural makeup of their members or a signature performing style.

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From Bugs to Bronze Age, Nearly 300 Courses Get Creative Boost

September 12, 2022

UMD is investing $2.7 million in Teaching and Learning Innovation Grants, which will support nearly 300 courses this academic year.

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Upcoming Events

THU 9/29 7PM & 9PM: Brandon Woody’s UPENDO

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre

Trumpeter and east Baltimore native Brandon Woody brings his band UPENDO to The Clarice’s Kogod Cabaret in support of his debut album. The band’s songs combine jazz improvisation with hip-hop beats and melodies influenced by gospel and soul music.

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SUN 10/02 3PM: Imani Winds: Black and Brown

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

In this performance, Imani Winds presents Black and Brown, an entire program celebrating composers of color such as Wayne Shorter, Paquito Rivera and Valerie Coleman.

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FRI 10/7-SAT 10/15: By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

Pulitzer Prize winning Lynn Nottage's comedy By The Way, Meet Vera Stark creates a microcosm of race and culture in the Golden Age of Hollywood that resounds to this day. 

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UMD School of Music student viewing a virtual reality opera thru VR goggles

Arts Improve the Student Experience

We are prepared to address the growing student and industry demand to integrate the arts into student life, both within and beyond the curriculum, helping students access and amplify their creative talents and fostering collaborative and innovative thinking to solve problems.

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Arts Create an Inclusive Environment

We are harnessing the power of the arts to spark civic dialogue, increase community engagement and activate social change.

Immersive Media Design classroom

Arts Advance the University

We are accelerating innovation, discovery and insights through collaborations among the arts, the humanities and the sciences through research, creative activity and technological innovation.

Art + Technology + Social Justice

The new Video in The Atrium space in the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building

A New Place to ‘Stumble Upon’ Art

The new Video in The Atrium (ViTA) space in the Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building will showcase video art from the UMD Art Gallery and new work from national and international artists.

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Historic print of people protesting with signs

Black Theater and the Refusal to Wait for Freedom

Assistant Professor of English Julius Fleming, Jr.’s new book explores how theater energized a “radical refusal to wait” during the civil rights movement.

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Theoretical physicist Nicole Yunger Halpern wearing a steampunk costume for a photo shoot in preparation for the release of her new book "quantum steampunk."

Researcher’s New Book Puts Physics’ Past and Future in Literary Blender

Sci-Fi Excursions Enliven Deep Dive Into Quantum Thermodynamics

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The Arts for All initiative seeks to ensure that the arts are woven into the very fabric of life at the University of the Terrapin identity is writ large and forged strong.

Portrait of President Darryll J. Pines
Darryll J. Pines President, University of Maryland
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