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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.


Performing Arts Career and Internship Fair event imageThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Grand Pavilion
Free, open to all majors

Love the performing arts? Interested in a future internship or career related to the performing arts and/or arts administration? Don't miss this special chance to connect with nearly 20 organizations looking to hire UMD students and alumni for internships, part-time, full-time and volunteer opportunities in the performing arts.

Presented by UTAS, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the School of Music, The Clarice, the College of Arts & Humanities and the University Career Center.

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Two men wearing animal-like masks with tusks lie in a blue and pink pastel-colored bed.Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building, Room 2303
Free, no registration required.

The Department of Art and the Immersive Media Design program are pleased to present an artist talk by renowned artist Andrew Roberts.

Andrew Roberts lives and works in Mexico City. His research-based practice explores the historical parallel development of war technology and the entertainment industry, analyzing the role of images as operational weapons within colonial, racial and extractive mechanisms and their poetic, political, and aesthetic ramifications in the production of capital and death. His work employs elements from video gcames and the popular genres of cinema, taking on the form of multimedia narrative and speculative fiction, materialized across space through digital animations and immersive installations in the company of objects, actions, and writing.

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A Black man wearing a white tank top and jeans poses with arms over head next to text that says BlackLight Summit.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Open to all, registration required.

We need some R&R! Not rest & relaxation, but risk and regeneration. Perhaps even rage & repair. There is no returning to what came before, so how can we fall into new possibilities, realities and ways of being? For this next season, how do we hold that "if no one goes first, how can anyone follow?" BlackLight 2023 is taking the leap into risking wrong, risking right, risking being loved and seen. In order to take these steps, how are we recovering and regenerating? We have lost so much. How can we find who we are and who we want to be? Join us for some much needed R&R.

Through three days of groundbreaking dance performances, inspiring keynote speeches, energizing movement workshops and intimate panel discussions, The Clarice’s BlackLight Summit aims to activate the unimagined possibilities in dance. It is a convening that envisions dance as a conduit to galvanize resilience and inventiveness, and in 2023 offers a combination of free and Pay What You Wish in-person events and free livestream events. Throughout the 2022–23 season, the BlackLight Summit will continue to foster community connection by facilitating a series of mentoring and professional development opportunities, conversations and performances.

Register now to reserve your tickets for all free events and to receive livestream access for virtual events.

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A pink and purple tie dye background behind the words Fearless New Play Festival.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre
Pay what you wish

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies' Fearless New Play Festival celebrates the development of new scripts that address the urgent issues our society faces today. Join TDPS as they lead the way into the future of American theater through readings of works in development written by past and present TDPS students!

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A Black woman with white hair smiles against a gray background with event name, date, and time.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Free, tickets required.

For her first Dean’s Lecture Series as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Stephanie Shonekan will be in conversation with legendary singer, activist and philanthropist Dionne Warwick. Shonekan and Warwick share a rich background in music. Shonekan is an esteemed ethnomusicologist, and Warwick is an award-winning, chart-topping musician. They will discuss the connection between music and social justice and how celebrities can catalyze positive change in the world. They will also delve into a timely dialogue around race, culture, identity and history. The lecture will conclude with a Q&A.

Warwick has sold more than 100 million records and charted 75 hit songs. Some of her most popular recordings include “Walk on By,” “Are You There (With Another Girl)” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” Warwick has six GRAMMY awards including the prestigious Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance award. Her extensive philanthropic efforts have raised millions of dollars to support music education, AIDS research, global hunger, children’s hospitals and disaster aid.

Presented by the College of Arts and Humanities in partnership with the School of Music, this event is part of Arts for All, a campuswide initiative leveraging the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to address the grand challenges of our time. This event is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

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Stamp Student Union, Atrium Room
Free, RSVP required.

Join us for the 7th Annual Visual Arts Reverse Career & Internship Fair at the University of Maryland!

Structured as a reverse career fair, connect with approximately 40 talented students skilled in graphic design, video production, and immersive media/AR & VR!

Students will display their work at each table. Employers are able to circulate around the room to meet students, check out their work and pick up resumes. Students will be seeking a mix of part-time, full-time and internship opportunities.

Questions? Please contact Kate Juhl at


Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Humanities and the University Career Center & The President's Promise



Two serigraph pieces on display at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Printmaking as a Radical Act

January 26, 2023

A new exhibit at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland highlights longtime artists who explore the lives of Black Americans. 

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Artwork depicting two pages from a book with colorful patterns drawn overtop and around the text.

Honors Humanities Reimagines Learning with Multidisciplinary Guest Speakers

December 19, 2022

Honors Humanities seminars encourage students to reconsider what art is and what role it can play in their lives.

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2023 Clarvit Research Fellowships Announced

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UMD Department of Art professors Shannon Collis, Matthew Mclaughlin, Jowita Wyszomirska and MFA candidate Dan Ortiz-Liezmann are recipients of the 2023 Clarvit Research Fellowships, an award aimed to foster the development of creative technology to aid in arts research.

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Casey Taira holds up a painting.

Putting the Artistry in Dentistry

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Studio art major Casey Taira ’22 plans to pursue dentistry school.

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Musicians perform on stage against a turquoise, yellow, green and white background.

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Alarm Will Sound, a contemporary classical music ensemble, will take the stage at The Clarice on Sunday to perform "Love Always," a series of three songs directed toward Black children and teens, and "Cradle," a reflection on the experience of growing up queer in a restrictive environment.

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Student pours molten metal from a bucket-like furnace.

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December 8, 2022

Department of Art Professor John Ruppert invites local artists to join his students for an "iron pour," a semesterly event where students in his metal-casting sculpture course create their own artwork with molten iron.

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Black text that says Ground Works against a white background.

a2ru Ground Works Releases CFP for New Special Issue on University-Community Partnered Research

Ground Works, a2ru's peer-reviewed platform for arts-integrated research, announces a call for submissions to a special themed issue entitled Creating Knowledge in Common. Submissions for Stage 1 due by Tues, Jan 31, 2023.

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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.

Student performance on stage

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

Aerial view of a forest and river twisting through it.

Beauty Rising From the Ash Forest in Crisis

December 7, 2022

University of Maryland professor, staff, and undergrad collaborate to create "The Ash Forest Project," a photo exhibit that documents forests destroyed by beetles. The exhibit is currently on display through January 8th, 2023 at Joe's Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Maryland. 

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Assistant Professor of Art Cy Keener places a tracker on arctic ice, providing scientific data and material for his art simultaneously.

Professor Combines Art and Data to Capture Beauty, Diversity of Arctic Ice

November 28, 2022

Assistant Professor of Art Cy Keener collaborates on a new exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences. 

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Vintage images of rockers Urban Verbs, Patti Smith and the Cramps.

Young Punks

November 18, 2022

A new collection of D.C. punk images from photographer Don Hamerman acquired by the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, add to an archive of photos, fan zines, concert fliers, recordings and more that tell the story of the most frenetic side of D.C.’s music scene in the 1970s and ’80s.

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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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