About Us


To present performing and media arts that engage, energize, and transform the diverse cultural life
of the University and San Diego


To develop more empathetic students and community members that are better prepared to engage
in the world around them through their participation in high quality artistic programs that broaden
thinking and awareness, deepen understanding, and encourage new dialogues across UC San Diego and
the community.

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Welcome to the 2017–18 ArtPower Season

Many of us are concerned with the contentious and constant changes that have marked the last few months. Artists are often among the most vulnerable members of our society, partly because of the economics of art making and partly because the arts are about ideas. The unrestricted flow of ideas across barriers and borders is an essential element of a free society. One of the things that makes ArtPower such a unique organization is our commitment to presenting not just the art, but the artists themselves. Audiences—particularly student audiences—are able to interact with the artists directly and contribute to this timely exchange of ideas.

This season, as the talk of travel bans loomed large, we decided to focus our global music series on voices from the ‘Arab world’. If a generation grows up and leaves the university without the opportunity to communicate with people from countries other than their own, there is the potential  for another generation to walk through the world living in fear. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”  What better role can the arts play than to help break this cycle? Beyond music we are also presenting dance from Algerian street culture among the other artists who represent cultures often hidden or forgotten. As always, the rest of our artists represent the broad diversity of the university itself, perhaps nowhere so strongly as in our American Routes series, which looks at the breadth of American life through the music of the distinct cultures that help make America the beautiful country that it is.

I look forward to sharing with you another exciting season of new voices and ideas!

See you in the theater,
Jordan Peimer
Executive Director, ArtPower at UC San Diego



UC San Diego is known for being an experimental campus, going big and taking risks.  Our tradition is nontradition.  The arts play a vital role in this spirit of nonconvention, inspiring a level of creativity that transcends all areas of study.  We are always exploring, discovering, and creating—we have some of the most visionary and accomplished students, faculty and staff.  ArtPower fosters this barrier-breaking innovation and thinking through engaging programming that includes music, dance, and more from emerging and renowned international artists.  Thank you for making this possible through your support of ArtPower and UC San Diego.


Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, UC San Diego



artpower staff
molly clark

Molly Clark, Associate Director of Artistic Planning & Education

Molly is the main liaison for visiting ArtPower artists, ensuring that their experience is a fulfilling and smooth one. She uses her passion for the performing arts while assisting the executive director in planning the multi-arts season. She believes deeply in providing access to the arts to those young and old and is thrilled to be able to develop meaningful engagement programs to connect artists to students on campus and in the community.


Carolena Deutsch-Garcia, Director of Development

Carolena has the privilege of working with ArtPower’s patrons and corporate sponsors. She has a passion for connecting donors and institutions with meaningful funding opportunities and experiences. Through ArtPower’s progressive multi-arts season and and its robust student engagement programs, she is helping to cultivate ArtPower’s next generation of arts patrons!

john morgan

John Morgan, Ticketing Manager

John was born in San Diego and brings ArtPower over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Previous positions over the years include operations manager at Ticketfly, associate director of ticket services at South Coast Repertory, and 18 years with House of Blues/Live Nation Entertainment, serving as the national director of ticketing.

Music has been the driving passion in John’s life and career. He graduated from the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, and has performed at such legendary Sunset Strip venues as The Whisky, The Roxy, and The House of Blues. His favorite artist is The Beatles, and his love of world music and culture has drawn him to India eight times and counting.

Overseeing ticketing and box office operations for ArtPower is a very fulfilling experience for John, knowing he is contributing to bringing the power of music and art to seasoned and new audiences alike.

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Sean Nash, Ticketing Coordinator

Originally from the Washington state, Sean has 10 years of box office management experience, most recently at The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, WA. He has a combined total of over 16 year’s experience in the customer service industry, including previous jobs with The Walt Disney Company, Expedia.com and Cirque Du Soleil.  

Jordan Peimer, Executive Director

Executive Director for ArtPower at UC San Diego, Jordan Peimer leads a team which oversees a multi-arts season devoted to performance, engagement, and residencies. He is responsible for all aspects of the development, production, and presentation of ArtPower’s public programs and artistic and educational residences.

Prior to his arrival at ArtPower, Peimer was vice president and director of programs at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He is recipient of a 2000 fellowship from the American Jewish Committee, and a 2001 fellowship from the California Presenters Initiative of The James Irvine Foundation, out of which he curated Zeitgeist: The Harry and Belle Krupnick International Jewish Arts Festival—Los Angeles’, and possibly America’s, first international festival of Jewish performing arts. He also completed a seven-year long series examining the arts of Jewish Latin America.

Peimer was an artistic co-director at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica. As executive producer for Jezebel Productions, he also developed and curated Friday Nights at The Getty for The J. Paul Getty Center. He created DanceWest, the West Coast regional choreographic platform for the Paris’ Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, for which he sat on the Conseil Artistique.

Peimer is an avid tea drinker preferring black tea from Arunachal Pradesh and Nilgiri. Among his favorite authors are Salman Rushdie, Doris Lessing, Joseph Conrad, and AS Byatt. He is partial to subtitled cinema and Kaiju, Japanese monster movies.

Joanna Szu, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Joanna brings to ArtPower over a decade of marketing and communications experience—specifically within performing arts and higher education. At ArtPower she is responsible for all marketing and PR, leads the the student marketing team, and oversees the university box office.


Get to know the students behind ArtPower at UC San Diego who work with the staff to market, manage, and produce our events.

Amina Balgimbayeva, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: International Business

Amina was born half way across the world in the heart of Central Asia, Kazakhstan. She never thought she would end up living in sunny San Diego, with endless palm trees and mesmerizing sunsets. Now majoring in international business, Amina is also planning on pursuing a minor in cognitive science design. With a strong desire to collaborate with other creative- and art-invested individuals, Amina joined ArtPower to gain more experience and to help the art community grow. She loves expressing herself through music, fashion, and art. In her free time, you will most likely find her in the depths of Spotify discovering obscure artists, binge watching a Turkish drama, or painting watercolor flowers. Studying at an international school for most of her life, she loves to meet people from everywhere around the world and learn from them. Coming from a far away land, she also enjoys telling people about her home country, a place that is not known to most.

Justin Bascos, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2018 | Major: Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction | Minor: Ethnic Students and Political Science

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Elizabeth Blackwell, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: International Business and Theatre 

Elizabeth is a recently declared double major in international business and theatre. Her passion for the arts started in elementary school when an opera company came to her school and rehearsed with the entire 5th grade class to put on their production. After being immersed in such an amazing creative experience, she became extremely curious as to what other kinds of of art she could delve into. Being a part of the action has always been in her interest, so she began performing in musicals and singing in choirs the moment she got to high school and continues this trend in college. Art continues to fascinate her in every which way, questioning definition and structure, and finding new ways to attack and interpret existing forms.

Glen Carlise, Production Assistant
Class of 2018 | Major: Computer Science

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Lauren Choy, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: Cognitive Science, Human Computer Interaction | Minor: Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Entering college as a structural engineering major drove Lauren to a deeper understanding of her passions. She came to realize that her passions reflected a creative outlet, which would perhaps be best suited in a field other than engineering. Through engaging in stimulating conversations with her peers, she developed an interest for UI/UX and soon changed her major to cognitive science. Ever since, she has been building her experience in graphic design through programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Sketch. In her free time, you can find Lauren in front or behind the lens of her camera, creating new adventures with those around her. Through her newfound internship with ArtPower she hopes to immerse herself in a new community and a new appreciation for the performing arts at UC San Diego.

Katie Chung, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2019 | Major: International Business | Minor: Design and Accounting

Katie grew up in Orange County and developed a passion for art when she was young through various arts and crafts including pottery, painting, knitting, crocheting, etc. As she grew older and took classes in graphics, her passion for design grew even more. She hopes to turn this passion for art and design into a career in marketing. In her spare time, she loves to eat desserts, paint with watercolors, binge watch Netflix shows, and go to the beach. 

Riley Dewitt-Rickards, Production Assistant
Class of 2018 | Management Science Major | Theatre Minor

Riley is originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, a small town right in the heart of the state. She spent a lot of weekends taking the train up to New York City to see shows with her dad, and that’s where her love for the arts grew. San Diego is now her second home, and she’s come to love the culture and arts found here. She has a passion for arts administration, and she hopes to one day be the house manager or genereal operations managers of a theater. When she’s not having fun with ArtPower, you can find her singing in one of UC San Diego’s all-female acapella groups (Go DOTS!), playing video games, or sleeping on the couches in Price Center.

Jennifer Koong, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: Communication | Minor: Music

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Derrick Lieu, Senior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2018 | Major: Cognitive Science, Human Computer Interaction | Minor: Design 

Born and raised in SGV (San Gabriel Valley), Derrick really enjoys drinking boba in the late nights and eating at Hong Kong cafes with friends (sadly there are none in San Diego). Derrick grew up to appreciate the arts through exposure from mentors, friends, and various forms of media including music, animation, films, books, and fashion. His current passions are film, fashion, and design (graphic, ux/ui, interaction, etc). His favorite films are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, In the Mood for Love, and Perfect Blue so if you haven’t seen any of them, put them on your list. As always, Derrick is looking forward to enjoying the new ArtPower season with its amazing staff, students, and performers there to support it.

Jiawen Long, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: Theatre | Minor: Business

Jiawen Long comes from Chengdu, China. Since she has studied painting for more than ten years before she comes to the UCSD, she decided to combine her interest of art with work in the future when she applied for her major. Also, after working in the Student’s Association Union during high school, she wants to learn more professional skills in administration. Therefore, interning at ArtPower is the ideal platform to help her pursue her career in arts administration. During her spare time, Jiawen loves traveling, finding novel restaurants with her friends, and exploring new cultures through the art world!

Bryan Pino, Junior Arts Org Assistant 
Class of 2018 | Major: International Studies, International Business

Growing up with such a strong love for music, Bryan expanded his love for arts while studying abroad on Semester at Sea. Having the opportunity to study the world’s most famous art and actually visiting the arts in France, Spain, Morocco, etc. reinvigorated his love for the arts during college. After returning from abroad Bryan began hosting his own radio show on KSDT and wants to further his knowledge of the arts with the help of ArtPower. As an active member of Delta Sigma Pi the professional business fraternity on campus, he hopes to combine his interests in business and love for the arts in his future career. Whether it’s education or personal interests Bryan hopes to continue learning about the world and people who live within it.

Zachary Roberts, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: Literature

Zach was born in Sydney, Australia, but for the most part he grew up in Southern California.  He is a third year literature student, and besides interning at ArtPower he enjoys reading, listening to music, playing tennis, and spending time with friends. Zach has always been interested in art and the art world, and he’s excited to explore this passion at ArtPower.

Yeji Shin, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2019 | Major: Psychology | Minor: Design

Yeji was born in Seoul, South Korea but moved to Marina, a small city in California, and have been there since. She has always shown interest in many things but never stuck through. She loves playing all kinds of sport but never had the commitment to be on a team. She loved instruments and music but refused to stick with it. She did Taekwondo at a local studio for about six years but also quit that when she went off to college. The one stable thing that did stick with her is art. Yeji has been painting and drawing for most of her life but has recently sought out to find other forms and mediums of art. Currently she has taken interest in media and the different expressions through media. Aside from interning at ArtPower, she is the new creative director for the Fashion Quarterly magazine. She also work as a CASP mentor. She hopes to be able to show many the importance of art and how it can link to our daily lives.

Jane Xie, Arts Org Intern
Class of 2018 | Major: Public Health | Minor: Psychology and Business

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ArtPower supports the academic and career development of UC San Diego students through a variety of student assistant positions in programming, event management, marketing, production, and community outreach. For more information, email artpower@ucsd.edu.


ArtPower’s Speaker Series Student Advisory Committee (UCSD Students Only)

ArtPower is excited to initiate a speaker series during the 2017–18 multi-arts season after hearing directly from students that there was a need for more non-academic speaker events that address the diverse interests of the campus community. As part of the development of this series ArtPower will work with a student advisory committee to curate, plan, and promote speaker events that will occur in the Winter and/or Spring quarters of the 2017–18 academic year. If you are interested in being involved in this committee, please read through the roles and responsibilities and submit your application no later than 4pm, on October 6, 2017.  ArtPower looks forward to bringing speakers that resonate with students and inspire the campus community with your help!

Student Advisory Committee Roles & Responsibilities

Student Advisory Committee Application

TICKET SALES: 858.534.TIXS (8497)

Molly Clark, Associate Director of Artistic Planning & Education
moclark@ucsd.edu / 858.534.0499

Carolena Deutsch-Garcia, Associate Director of Development
carolena@ucsd.edu / 858.534.7657

Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager

Joanna Szu, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
joanna@ucsd.edu / 858.822.3199


ArtPower at UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0029
La Jolla, CA 92093-0029

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