Pedagogy As Platform
UCSB Arts Research Commons: Jeffrey’s Jazz Pop-up in IV

UC Santa Barbara

Black Studies History of Jazz Course as a year-round, community classroom in Isla Vista, CA

Multidisciplinary Faculty-led Program by

Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, Professor, Black Studies

Dr. Victor Rios, Professor, Sociology

Kim Yasuda, Professor, Public Practice, Art

Jeffrey’s Jazz Pop-Up in IV 

The Arts Research Commons was a grass roots project initiated by a multi-disciplinary team of UCSB faculty and students from the Departments of Art, Black Studies, Film + Media, Music and Sociology, developed as a model for a collaborative community-engaged pedagogical teaching space in partnership with local residents, businesses and non-profit organizations. 
UC Placemaking Initiative co-sponsored Jeffrey’s Jazz in IV as an ongoing, off-site curricular program to host 125 students quarterly in Black Studies (BLST 14): History of Jazz class to listen to high quality live jazz performances in alternative local settings in addition to weekly on-campus lectures. Phase II expanded programming venues included local service organizations and the potential roles for various artists to activate and renew conceptions of institutional spaces as cultural incubators and as sites that foster the reimagining of the classroom, the lecture hall, the lab, the studio, the theatre as places of “the commons”, where the university intersects with the broader realm of public life.


Popup Venues:

Aladin Café, Isla Vista

Kohl’s Café, Isla Vista

RockFire Grill, Isla Vista

Isla Vista Community Center

Isla Vista Family and Youth Center

People’s Park, Isla Vista

Biko House Cooperative, Isla Vista