Home is ___

Ama Dadzie, Glenda Drew, Cozette Ellis, Mikaela Keung, Brett Snyder, Dulcinea Herse Woo

HOME IS ___ is a participatory initiative that invites the public to respond to the prompt “Home is ___” through words and images.

During the course of the pandemic in which we have seen social and racial inequalities laid colonialism and the importance of Indigenous rights. We’ve thought about the role of redlining bare, many of us have rethought our relationship to home. We’ve thought about the legacy of and single family zoning in limiting individual’s access to housing. And we’ve thought about who has the right to live where.

The “Home is ____” project asks: Is home where we are born or where we live? Is home a right or is it earned? Is home a place where we put our stuff or is it the communities we live with?

“Home is ____” pushes social practice into new territory through the re-emergence of feminist fiber practices while creating inclusive, safe and explorative spaces for participants to contribute to and amplify critical conversations about race, class, privilege, and houselessness. Using the traditionally domestic craft and traditionally female visual language of cross stitch our work contributes to a movement through practices that are joyful, creative, and community-based.

Gun Violence: Our National Narrative – A Living Memorial

Angelita Sanchez, Renatta Zacarias, Kevin Butt, and Jillian Yong, UC Davis

Gun Violence: Our National Narrative – A Living Memorial (formerly titled STILL/HEAR) is an interactive, community-driven exhibit that visualizes the scale and impact of gun violence across American history. The work of researching, preparing, and processing the exhibit’s materials will be shared through a series of community workshops. 

Oakland/Saint Denis Cooperation Project

UC Berkeley

Initiated at the end of 2018, the Oakland/Saint-Denis Cooperation Project questions the metropolization of our territories and the role of cultural actors in urban development to build more inclusive and creative cities. How can we keep artists and art places in cities? How do we amplify the role of the cultural sector in urban development, and make sure residents’ stories are heard?

The Oakland/Saint-Denis cooperation project opens up the public debate, giving voice to the two French and Californian cities, to share the models that are being invented through:

What Cities Can Teach Us

Perfect counterpoints to their so-called “bad reputation”, Oakland and Saint-Denis experience an amazing artistic liveliness as well as a recent wave of gentrification. Appealed 10-15 years ago by a devalued real estate and great empty areas, artists are now gradually excluded and displaced towards the periurban area – which, in the case of Oakland, can be outside the Bay.  

At the heart of urban transformation – development of the Silicon Valley on the one side, and the Grand Paris Express and the 2024 Olympic Games on the other side -, Oakland and Saint-Denis are major places of cultural and social innovation where artists, architects, institutions’ supporters and cultural places create new forms of solidarity, the sharing of ideas and the gathering of inhabitants.

Even though they both emphasize the implications of the inhabitants in their projects, their approaches to public action are at the same time both similar and different. The scheme of cultural orientations in Saint-Denis leans on the recognition of the cultural right and considers cultural diversity as a resource that must be valued. In Oakland, they chose to put cultural equity and the recognition of the right to cultural diversity at the center of their considerations.

An International and Transdisciplinary Dialogue

Calling upon a great diversity of points of view – from the Mayor to inhabitants, artists to urban planners, entrepreneurs to officials, or from the local to the federal level -, the cooperation program questions how we are making cities in France and in California with the same conviction that our cities must be built collectively. 

This diversity of perspectives is at the heart of intercultural and inter-professional exchanges and requires taking time to translate, from one culture to another, from one profession to another, in order to build together open, sensitive, and inclusive cities. These translation processes are at the very heart of the collective productions we are willing to share.


UC Berkeley

Artivive is an augmented reality (AR) tool that allows artists to create new dimensions of art by linking physical with digital art. Berkeley Arts + Design is mobilizing and funding the use of Artivive to enhance and scale creative pedagogy. 

Examples of Artivive Works:

AGO Playbill

Berkeley Arts + Design, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies supported the production of an interactive playbill for Stan Lai’s workshop production, AGO, using Artivive. Much like the play AGO, this playbill is an evolving portal to other worlds, and users can explore the world of AGO more deeply by scanning the full pages in this program through the Artivive App.

Campus Public Art + Architecture Map 

Currently in production by Berkeley Arts + Design, the Campus Public Art and Architecture Map will offer interactive tours featuring UC Berkeley’s most prominent and historically significant works of public art and architecture, through a collaboration with Artivive. By viewing public art and architecture through the Artitive App, users can experience the artwork as if they were there, without physically having to go to each location.

Arts Passport

UC Berkeley

The Arts Passport App was formed as a collaboration between UC Berkeley Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership and the Arts + Design Initiative in 2017. It acts as a social fabric that weaves together campus communities and provides financial accessibility to the arts. Under the guidance of the campus’s Chief Technology Officer, the Communications Director of Arts + Design, and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts + Design, a team of five graduate students of engineering built a dynamic, integrated, and interactive platform that exists on the new UC Berkeley Campus App. Students, teachers, curators, audiences, and Bay Area arts organizations can use the app to learn from each other and actively participate in campus and regional arts events.

For students, the Arts Passport offers a collection of digital offers from on-campus and regional arts institutions to attend arts and design-related experiences via the mobile campus arts access app. 

In light of the shelter-in-place ordinance, the Arts Passport shifted from providing access to offline events to now serving as a collection of curated online resources during this time. Despite the temporary modification, Berkeley Arts + Design is working on the second iteration of the Arts Passport technology in collaboration with Modo Labs. This update will better accommodate campus venues and a variety of ticket distribution methods in order to better serve students and campus. Coming soon! 

Campus Public Art + Architecture Map

UC Berkeley

Berkeley Arts + Design invites the community to explore UC Berkeley’s rich arts landscape with the new Campus Public Art + Architecture Map created in collaboration with Artivive, an augmented reality app. The map will offer three distinct, interactive tours featuring UC Berkeley’s most prominent and historically significant works of public art and architecture, both visually and content-wise.

Black Wednesday Wall

UC Berkeley

The goal of this Black Public Arts space on campus is to celebrate the legacy, impact and value that Black students and the Black community have had throughout UC Berkeley’s history and continue to have on the UC Berkeley Campus. Many Black Alumni have avoided coming back to the UC Berkeley campus due to campus climate being unwelcoming when they attended UC Berkeley, but many of them have been excited to re-engage with the University through the recognition and celebration of the Black Wednesday Wall.

Once this wall is dedicated as a major and historical place on our campus, we hope that all people who walk on campus will see how much we embrace the richness of our diversity at UC Berkeley as well as the value we put on the diverse groups that continue to bring excellence to UC Berkeley. The Black Community will now begin to visually see UC Berkeley embrace their significance and presence on a daily basis. It will also say to the community that you belong here and we celebrate you being here. 

This is an ongoing effort.

BAD Podcast

UC Berkeley

For everything you need to know as a new (or old) student at UC Berkeley, listen to the BAD Podcast, produced by actual students who do in fact, attend UC Berkeley. Stay tuned to learn more about arts and design on campus, and throughout the Bay Area. The Bad Podcast is Berkeley Arts + Design’s podcast, started by UC Berkeley senior, Regina Madanguit.

Platform Artspace

UC Berkeley

Platform Artspace is a new, experimental art venue located on the UC Berkeley campus. It is directed by Professor Jill Miller (Department of Art Practice) and ran by a curatorial board made up of undergraduate and graduate students across campus. Platform focuses on community engagement by hosting workshops, events, and art exhibitions by and for the greater UC community. 

Platform facilitates dialogue between students across campus, encourages artistic conversations and cultural production, and is a site for civic engagement and participatory action.

Platform prioritizes: 

  • Art projects that thrive outside of traditional art spaces
  • Artists who take risks with their work
  • Collaborations and participatory projects
  • Underrepresented artists (BIPOC, LGBTQI+, non-binary artists, women, artists with disabilities)

Food Fight

Professor Jill Miller, Uc Berkeley

Food Fight was an art course open to any major across the UC Berkeley campus. Students focused on ways to remove the stigma out of food insecurity on campus by partnering with local community groups and using creative strategies to explore unconventional solutions to student hunger. 


In this course, we take an out-of-the-box approach to campus-wide food deficits by using creative practices to form community connections and explore different avenues for addressing the availability of nutritious, affordable foods. We start with a simple premise: all students have the right to access healthy foods when they are hungry. From there, we will work collaboratively with existing campus groups while also imagining and deploying new experiences and methods for bringing food into the hands of students. We will focus on taking the stigma out of food insecurity by creating spaces for meaningful conversation where community connections are nurtured. Projects in this hands-on studio course include: the creation of unconventional, pop-up dining experiences, wild edible food foraging lessons and cooking experiments, and fostering community engagement within the context of contemporary art and critical ideas.

The class created and self-published a collaborative cookbook on Blurb: https://www.blurb.com/b/10115365-covid-cookbook