Current Events

Gilda Sheppard, Since I Been Down, Still

We are pleased to offer a limited, online screening of Gilda Sheppard's award-winning documentary, Since I Been Down.

adrienne maree brown (left) and Gilda Sheppard (right)

Visualizing Abolition continues with a conversation between author adrienne maree brown and Gilda Sheppard, director of the recent documentary, Since I Been Down.

Anna Friz (left), John Jota Leaños (center), and Irene Lusztig (right).

Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program bringing together artists, scientists, and scholars for presentations and conversations.

Sun Ra, Space is the Place, 1974 & Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer (Emotional Picture), 2018

We welcome students, faculty, and staff to join us for this Afrofuturism-themed  outdoor film screening of Sun Ra's Space Is the Place, immediately followed by Janelle Monáe's visual album, Dirty Computer (Emotion Picture)

Jerome Morgan and jackie sumell

In collaboration with The Humanities Institute, we invite students, staff, and faculty to join us for Growing Abolition, a live conversation about prisons, art, and mutual aid with Jerome Morgan and jackie sumell.

Delilah Montoya and portrait of Jackie Chavez

For artist Delilah Montoya, transforming the past is a communal act in which revered symbols and their mystical and spiritual qualities are reborn in photographic representation. Montoya's image-making quest is about the discovery and articulation of Chicano culture, as well as the icons which elucidate the dense history of New Mexico.

rafael esparza (left) and Cassils (right)

Cassils and rafa esparza are both internationally renowned performance and visual artists. They join us to discuss both their individual art practices and their large-scale socially engaged collaboration: In Plain Sight, 2020.

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UCSC, 2019-ongoing

What does it mean to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote?

Nicholas Payton, Freedom is No Fear

"Music for Abolition," a series of original music videos curated by Terri Lyne Carrington, brings together musicians across a variety of genres to create a soundtrack—and provide a heartbeat—to our shared struggle for abolition.