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.
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