Past Events

Lisa Fischer, Terri Lyne Carrington, Maimouna Youssef, Kris Davis, Cora C. Coleman, Val Jeanty and L

Music for Abolition, directed and curated by Terri Lyne Carrington, is a project bringing together musicians across a variety of genres to create a soundtrack—and provide a heartbeat—to our shared struggle for abolition. Expressing grief, rage, exhaustion, and resolution in the face of the U.S.

The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and Institute of the Arts and Sciences are pleased to present the next "Sesnon Speak Up" featuring a panel discussion with members of the Underground Scholars, a self-organized UC-wide group of support and advocacy of and for formerly incarcerated students and other system impacted students. 

“I believe that all organizing is science fiction - that we are shaping the future we long for and have not yet experienced.” -adrienne maree brown

Revolutionary Greetings! in Tim Young's cursive

The Sesnon Gallery Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with ideas generated from the exhibition Barring Freedom. Sesnon Gallery Speak Up presents Revolutionary Greetings!, a series of events focused on letter writing and open discussion about connecting with people who are incarcerated.

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to present “Documenting Justice,” a screening of short films curated by art professor Dee Hibbert-Jones UCSC, and filmmaker Nomi Talisman, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

Sharon Hayes engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech.

Artist Dread Scott's recent large-scale art project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment, 2019, is a community-engaged performance reenacting the largest rebellion of enslaved people in U.S. history. Prof.

Revolutionary Greetings! in Tim Young's cursive

The Sesnon Gallery Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with ideas generated from the exhibition Barring Freedom. Sesnon Gallery Speak Up presents Revolutionary Greetings!, a series of events focused on letter writing and open discussion about connecting with people who are incarcerated.

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is pleased to partner with the Legal Studies Program at UC Santa Cruz for the next Visualizing Abolition event: 'Abolition from the Inside out', featuring jackie sumell, Albert Woodfox, and Tim Young.

What role can the arts play in the movement to abolish prisons and the society that upholds them? How can art and culture elevate other ways of living together, without relying on fences, walls, and cages both imagined and practiced? Visualizing Abolition continues with Sadie Barnette, J.