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
2022–23 ArtPower Season

We are so excited to be bringing back a full series of performances, our first since the pandemic hit. This one has many firsts for us at ArtPower. 

It includes our first programs at the new Epstein Family Amphitheater, named after longtime ArtPower supporters Dan and Phyllis Epstein. These performances include the San Diego premieres of Argentinean rockers Fémina, the kick off to offerings during Latinx Heritage Month that will conclude with the world premiere of Las Cafeteras’ multimedia performance Hasta La Muerte, a celebration of Día de los Muertos. Later in the spring we will be back in the amphitheater with two San Diego premieres: Dream House Quartet with indie rocker Bryce Dessner and New Zealand’s Atamira Dance Company and their show Te Wheke.

This is also the first season in which we are presenting not just one, but two Pulitzer Prize finalists—playwright/performer Kristina Wong  who will be screening her work on Asian American mental health in Wong Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and composer Leilehua Lanzilotti whose new work, an ArtPower co-commission, Ahupua’a, will be performed by Lanzilotti in its world premiere with the Argus String Quartet.

ArtPower will also be, for the first time, focusing on the work of indigenous artists. In November, we will celebrate UC San Diego’s Native American Heritage Month with a performance by Charly Lowry, who is of Lumbee and Tuscarora descent. We will be presenting Māori artists Atamira Dance Company from New Zealand in April and Argus Quartet will perform an evening of new music by contemporary indigenous composers in March, including Leilehua, a Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian).

ArtPower has always loved making connections between artists and our community. It’s fantastic to see the artists like Kristina and Leilehua, who we’ve been working with for several years, succeed with this national acknowledgement. We are looking forward to the connections with students and community groups on and off campus.

Jordan Peimer
Executive Director, ArtPower at UC San Diego


Not only is UC San Diego a preferred destination for education, medicine and research, but it is also a major center for arts and culture. The arts are a dynamic part of our transformative interdisciplinary environment—they ignite creativity, raise cultural awareness, and promote a sense of belonging. This year, we are inviting everyone in our greater region to reacquaint themselves with one of their best public assets for inspired programming in music, dance, and student and community engagement activities. With new venues, excellent offerings from ArtPower, and increased access to campus via the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley, there are more reasons than ever to explore your artistic side at UC San Diego. Thank you for supporting ArtPower and our extraordinary campus.

Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, UC San Diego



Joanna Christian, 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.


Carolena Deutsch-Garcia, Associate 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!

Jennifer Mancano, Events & Performing Arts Business Manager

Jennifer is a UCSD alumna bringing 25+ years of experience at UCSD running auxiliary enterprises for the Associated Students to her role with ArtPower. She assists as needed with varied business needs: procurement, travel, financial reporting, cash handling, and, when possible, she loves to have performers’ payments prepared well ahead of their performance. 

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.

Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager

As the Production Manager for ArtPower, Kathryn draws on over 30 years of experience in professional and academic theater to ensure that the ArtPower artists have everything they need during their visit; from sound, lights, and instruments, to meals, housing, and transportation. Previously, she worked as a lighting technician on approximately 100 productions for the La Jolla Playhouse, 150 productions for UC San Diego Theatre and Dance, and as a freelance stagehand and spotlight operator at venues in San Diego and on the east coast.

She is pleased to be part of the ArtPower team, helping to provide diverse performing arts experiences to UC San Diego  students and the broader community.


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

Ashley Asadi, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2023 | Major: Communications

Through Ashley’s ever-changing personality and phases (such as her infamous 7th grade emo phase) one thing stays consistent; a deep passion for the arts. Ashley has found her identity in writing poetry, attending concerts in the San Diego underground music scene and the San Diego Symphony, and classical music which inspired her to pick up the violin during quarantine. Ashley is passionate about bringing the arts to UCSD for a sense of community amongst students and a connection to art.

Karen Avila, Usher
Class of 2024 | Major: Visual Arts

Karen was born and raised in the Bay Area. Her love for the arts initially started with video editing, and eventually grew into a fondness of all things creative, especially film. As a second-year Visual Arts major, she also has extensive knowledge of topics like screenwriting, graphic design, and photography. She hopes to expand her comprehension and adoration for visual arts through her work with ArtPower.

Olivia Bryan, Senior Marketing & Graphic Design Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: Political Science: International Relations and Economics

Growing up in a small town in Yolo County, California, Olivia’s appreciation of the arts began in her car seat when her mom continuously played Baby Mozart from the car CD player. It continued on in the form of jazz and ballet lessons at age 5, piano lessons at age 8, and learning French horn at age 11. Though her performance days are over, Olivia channeled her passion for the arts into design for ArtPower marketing. Outside of the office, she is also the social chair of the club tennis team and a staff writer for Prospect Journal of International Affairs.

Valen Chang, Usher
Class of 2022 | Major: Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts – Music

Valen is a fourth year ICAM Music major with two years Computer Science background. Her passion for art and technology with the focus in music led to her studies and explorations in computer/electronic music and audio engineering. Actively involved in multiple student organizations, she has put effort into media marketing, sound/light running, recording/producing, performing and more. She’s excited to join the ArtPower team and expand her learnings and experiences!

Cameron Chen, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction)

Hi! My name is Cam and I am a 4th year Cog Sci Design student. I am passionate about video games, photography, music and skateboarding. My love for art and all things creative started when I picked up a camera when I was around 4. Since then I have been obsessed with documenting my life and those around me. Through my work, whether that is photography, graphic or web design, I hope to inspire others and bring out their creative sides. 🙂

Caleb Foley, Usher
Class of 2023 | Major: Theatre: Sound Design | Minor: Environmental Studies

Caleb Foley is a third year theatre major with an emphasis on sound design, and an environmental studies minor. Growing up in Long Island, New York, he has always had a deep love for creative storytelling in all its forms. He has worked on several Theatre Department shows, including Men on Boats, Peerless, and Epicene: A Queer Extravaganza, and he looks forward to helping ArtPower present more wonderful performances on campus.

Elliana Gang, Usher
Class of 2024 | Major: Global Health

Hi! My name is Elliana and I am a second year Global Health Major from La Mirada, California. From a young age I was involved in theater and music, performing in shows and playing the clarinet and saxophone. I love art, poetry, books, crocheting, knitting, theatre, and music! When not at school, you can find me playing volleyball or taking care of my plants 🙂 My goal is to help share my love for the arts and connect with those in this community.

Katrina Graziano (she/her), Usher
Class of 2025 | Major: Theatre: History

Katrina was raised in Santa Ana, California, and has loved all forms of the arts for as long as she can remember.  While she has been a fan and supporter of the arts for most of her life, some of her passion stems from performing vocally, from elementary school shows to her high school’s Advanced Treble Ensemble.  She is thrilled to further pursue her love of the arts with ArtPower and give back to the UCSD arts community.

Julie Han, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction) | Minor: Business

I was born and raised in K-town, Los Angeles, but have found another home in San Diego. Growing up, my favorite hobbies included DIY-ing crafts such as sewing felt, creating polymer clay models, and painting. These days I practice my creativity through playing guitar, singing, renovating my clothes, and dancing. For the past two years, I have danced on a competitive dance team named Sleepless Collective at UCSD, and engaged in both team graphics and choreography. I also enjoy fashion; My fashion sense is strongly influenced by dance and streetwear culture. I owe it all to hip-hop and cultural roots from the Bronx, which paved the way for these things to exist! After contemplating my career choices for a while, I decided to choose a path where I am able to (and hope to) express myself creatively by designing and serving communities that I care for.

Avery Hom, Senior Marketing and Graphic Design Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction)

Avery is a third year cognitive science major with a specialization in design and interaction. She grew up invested in visual arts, but she now spends a lot of her time working in performing arts with her dance team. Not only does she love drawing, she enjoys video editing and digital design. She hopes to continue developing all of these skills during the 2020–21 ArtPower season.

Issac Ing, Usher
Class of 2024 | Major: Urban Studies and Planning

Isaac was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles, where he grew an interest in the vibrant artistry of city design (or the lack thereof in the case of his hometown). When he isn’t studying, Isaac can be found exploring the neighborhoods of San Diego, writing with moderate creativity, and falling off his skateboard.


Madison Kim, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2023 | Major: Cognitive Science

Maddie was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up, her family instilled a love of travel in her. Through her experiences around the world, she has been able to form many different relationships across various cultures. A common way to bridge gaps has been through shared interests in the arts. She hopes to continue growing in her love and appreciation for both UCSD and the arts through her time with ArtPower.

A fun fact: Maddie spent her high school career competing as a nationally ranked archer! She has been able to travel on an international level to represent the USA through this sport!!


Tommy Kolinek, Usher
Class of 2022 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction)

Tommy was born and raised in San Diego California. He has always had a love for school and education. Tommy was subject to music and film at an early age and has continued to be a significant passion for him throughout his entire life. Tommy is a Cognitive Science Major specialized in Design and Interaction. When he is not at school designing apps and projects, he is most likely at the newest movie release or enjoying time with friends and family.


Mandy Lai, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2025 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction)

Mandy is a first year from the Bay Area. She adores chibi characters ranging from Pokemon to Sumikko Gurashi and enjoys growing her family of 100+ animal designs in her featured Redbubble sticker shop, Littlemandyart. At ArtPower, she looks forward to highlighting the diverse cultural life at UCSD with more cute content. Outside of the studio, you can find her playing club tennis or cooking with friends.

Kaitlin Lee

Kaitlin Lee, Usher
Class of 2024 | Majors: Cognitive Science: Language and Culture

From Los Angeles, Kaitlin is a second-year cognitive science major with a specialization in language and culture. She holds a strong passion for the performing arts. Hoping to continue pursuing her passions in theater and culture, Kaitlin joined the ArtPower team and is excited to begin her journey with ArtPower.

Julie Li

Julie Li, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2025 | Majors: Visual Arts-ICAM

Julie was born in San Francisco, California and always had a love for art. She has always liked making character designs influenced by Sanrio and San-X characters. During high school, she worked on projects such as making her own website and designing her high school senior sweater. While doing so it helped her decide her passion for pursuing a career in the arts.


Emmalias, Production Assistant
Class of 2024 | Majors: Theatre and Critical Gender Studies

Emmalias is a second year Theatre and Critical Gender Studies double major originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She danced ballet under the Cecchetti Council of America for sixteen years before discovering a love of theatre and making the shift to pursuing playwriting. When she is not in a theatre, Emmalias can be found cooking, cross stitching, or traveling! She is thrilled to have the opportunity to grow in her art and social justice through her role at ArtPower!


Ashley Moon, Junior Marketing and Graphic Design Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: History and Political Science

Ashley Moon is a fourth year double history and political science major with a concentration in race, ethnicity, and politics. She has a long history of involvement with the arts, especially in dance. She specializes in ballet and has performed and choreographed in many dance performances over the years. At UCSD, she is Head of Internal Affairs in Finesse Dance Company, UCSD’s only student-run contemporary dance team. She also is an avid reader of books and a food enthusiast.

Calvin Naraghi

Calvin Naraghi, Production Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: Structural Engineering

Calvin has lived in San Diego for his entire life and when he is not out exploring new restaurants in Convoy and Downtown, you can find him in Geisel Library surrounded by piles of homework. Calvin’s love of the arts begin during middle school when he took an interest in painting and drawing. Over time he eventually realized his talents were abysmal and moved on video editing and photography. Though he is not professional, he finds joy in making small movies with friends or just recording memories to enjoy. When Calvin is not doing homework or finishing another show on Netflix, he can be found planning events as part of the Muir Organizing Board or performing with the FOOSH Improv Team. Though he is a major in engineering, Calvin believes that he functions best by finding a balance between arts and STEM as to better appreciate each for their separate values. Calvin’s goal with ArtPower is to find a new appreciation for the arts and to grow a deeper connection with the art community.

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Tracy Nguyen, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2023 | Major: Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction)

Growing up, Tracy could be found recording podcasts on her iPod Nano, writing skits, and directing short films with her younger brother on her mom’s flip phone. Her affinity with the arts progressed into high school where she learned how to edit videos for her school’s broadcast channel. Going into college, Tracy strived to find a major with an intersection between tech and the arts and is excitedly pursuing a career in Product Design. Tracy hopes to grow her fascination in the arts and help foster an appreciative community with her involvement with ArtPower. When she’s not pushing pixels, you can find Tracy playing (bothering) her kitten, going on picnics, or playing board games with her friends.


Rachel Paner, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2024 | Cognitive Science (Design and Interaction), Minor: Computer Science

Rachel is a second-year from the Bay Area. She grew up immersed in visual and performing arts, with extensive involvement in choir, orchestra, ceramics, and painting. When she’s not messing around with Figma, you can find her making jewelry and crocheting. She wants to pursue a career in UX/UI Design and loves every step of the design process. Through ArtPower, she hopes to gain valuable experience in the medium of digital art and is excited to be more involved in the UCSD community.


Sierra Plys, Usher
Class of 2023 | Major: Music Theory and Composition

Sierra Plys is a 21-year-old student at UCSD, working towards a BA in Music Theory and Composition, and will hopefully go on to attain a Masters degree in Music. Her aspiration is to make a positive impact in the music industry by following in the footsteps of musicians and producers who inspire her. She has a major specialization in jazz, as this genre has been incredibly important to her throughout her life and she is passionate about its rich history and impact in the musical world.


Yeji Shin, Junior Marketing and Graphic Design Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major: Psychology | Minor: Design

Yeji is an academic explorer who is eager to expand her knowledge and find creative solutions to any obstacles she encounters. Fascinated with the study of human behavior and social psychology, she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in design (at University of California San Diego). Born an artist with an observant eye, Yeji is a detailed and perceptive worker determined to begin and finish various multimedia projects. She is eager to learn new skills in the field of art and design, such as sewing and crocheting. She enjoys spending time with her two newly adopted kittens and exploring the nature scenes of San Diego.

Hasmineh Sinani , Usher
Class of 2022 | Major: International Business | Minor: History

Hasmineh is a fourth year from Los Angeles studying International Business and minoring in History. In her free time she likes to discover new house tracks, thrift, and brew teas. She enjoys exploring spaces where art, music, and culture collide. She hopes to one day work on meaningful projects where she can express herself creatively and celebrate community. She is excited to join the UCSD ArtPower team and become more involved on campus!


Hao Wang , Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2024 | Major: Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts – Music| Minor: Computer Science

Hao is a second year ICAM student from China. He is also minoring in Computer Science to strengthen his skills on new media design. He enjoyed working with applications to create illustrations and graphic design works. And when he is not working with his homework, he is usually cooking, playing video games, or watching movies. He is really excited to join ArtPower to develop his design works for marketing with instructors and peers.


Xiaoxuan (Andrina) Zhang , Usher
Class of 2024 | Major: Cognitive Science (Machine Learning and Neural Computation)

Andrina is a second year Cognitive Science student specializing in Machine Learning and Neural Computation. With interest in music besides cognitive science, she declared ICAM Music minor, in order to learn to produce electronic music. She was born and raised in Shanghai, China and came to San Diego this year. Because her first year at UCSD was fully remote and in Shanghai, she is really excited to join ArtPower and events on campus right now.

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 Arts Organization Assistant – Marketing (UCSD Students Only)
Handshake #5571442

The Arts Organization Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the following:

Level 1: Junior Arts Org Assistant – Salary: $14.50/hr


  • Assist in managing social media and editorial calendar by proactively creating quality content
  • Assist with design and development of layouts for marketing materials
  • Assist with design of event programs, posters, web graphics, and other marketing collateral as needed


  • Assist in coordination of events for performances and student engagement
  • Represent ArtPower brand at performances, on/off tabling events, and classroom/student org performance
  • Mandatory attendance to at least 4 ArtPower performances/student engagement events per quarter
  • Scan tickets and IDs for analytical purposes
  • Other administrative duties as assigned

May advance to Level 2 after 360 hours or six months, a satisfactory performance, and supervisor’s approval

Level 2: Junior Arts Org Assistant – Salary: $14.79/hr

In addition to the skills above:

  • Compile marketing partnership opportunities with on/off-campus organizations and community partners
  • Learn to take lead design and development of layouts for marketing materials
  • Compile outreach databases for press release
  • Research and write educators study guide for K–12 and UC San Diego student engagement events
  • Serve as Arts Org Assistant (level 1) mentor
  • Other duties as assigned

Hours Per Week: 10–15 hrs


  • Open to all majors
  • Vested interest in the arts
  • Must be a team player and flourish in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Open to constructive criticism and feedback
  • Eager to learn and willing to help others
  • Graphic design, photography, video, or marketing experience is required
  • Must have excellent communication and organization skills
  • Strong copywriting and copyediting background
  • Must demonstrate intermediate design skills using one or more of the following software: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, PremierPro
  • Leadership experience is a plus
  • Social Media experience is required, scheduling software experience is a plus
  • Must be able to identify and analyze marketing opportunities
  • Ability to work independently

See full details on Handshake.

Send your cover letter and resume to joanna@ucsd.edu.
Apply by November 24
Start date: Winter Quarter 2022

ArtPower Production Assistant  (UCSD Students Only)
Handshake #5476201

Job Description

The ArtPower Events Assistant/STDT 3 position will assist in all aspects of event management to support ArtPower productions on campus and at some off campus venues. The Events Assistant will receive supervision and work direction from the ArtPower Events Production Manager to perform the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Working directly with artists to provide for their needs during ArtPower events.
  • Assisting in transportation, hotel, hospitality, and dressing rooms for artists.
  • Assisting with production and technical load-in.
  • Building production schedules and event diagrams.
  • Providing direction to ushers.
  • Implementing venue set up.
  • Procuring concessions and selling merchandise.
  • Providing administrative support for ArtPower Staff as directed.
  • Providing research for various ArtPower projects.
  • Assisting ArtPower Staff with other duties as assigned.


Must pay UCSD student services fees each quarter working.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication and organization skills, with a strong interest in all aspects of event management including planning, production/technical, logistics, and artist relations.
  • Ability to take direction and complete projects within tight deadlines.
  • Punctuality, able to work in a fast-paced environment and quickly adapt to change.
  • Good people skill and a strong sense of customer service as well as display grace under pressure.
  • Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends, as required.
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Possess a driver’s license, valid in the U.S.
  • Have two years of safe, U.S. licensed driving experience — no more than one point on relevant DMV record and no license suspensions or revocations.
  • Willingness and ability to drive a 9-passenger van and/or SUV.
  • Have an appreciation for the performing arts.
  • Previous customer service experience.

Hours per week:
2 to 20 hours per week; most weeks consist of 1 or 2 shifts from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on a weeknight.

Desired Start Date:
Employment to begin immediately

How to Apply:

Submit Handshake Application. Please include a letter explaining why you would like to be a Production Assistant for ArtPower in 500 words or less.



ArtPower Usher (UCSD Students Only)
Handshake #5512937

Job Description

The ArtPower Usher/STDT 2 position supports all ArtPower events as a customer service ambassador by providing a welcoming, polite, and professional presence to all patrons and performing artists. The Usher will receive direct supervision and work direction from the ArtPower Events Production Manager to perform the following responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Greet patrons in a friendly, service-oriented manner.
  • Scan tickets.
  • Confirm the validity of the patron’s ticket as he/she enters a section of the venue.
  • Verify and enforce patron compliance with Covid safety policies.
  • Stuff and distribute programs.
  • Direct patrons to seat locations.
  • Resolve patron seating issues with the assistance of the Box Office.
  • Respond to patron inquiries and advise patrons of the locations of facility amenities and services.
  • Notify appropriate supervisor of unresolved patron concerns, emergencies, or unsafe conditions.
  • Enforce facility and event policies (e.g., no food or beverages in the venue).
  • Seating late patrons after an event has begun, per artist guidelines.
  • Observe the audience during events and be prepared to provide assistance, as required.
  • Implement emergency procedures, as the need arises.
  • Assist with the cleanup of the facility at the end of an event (i.e. picking up discarded programs).
  • Attend staff training and staff meetings.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by supervisor.

Ushers will support ArtPower events at various venues including: The Loft, the Price Center Ballrooms, the Dept of Music Conrad Prebys Music Center, Mandeville Auditorium, and some off campus venues. The time involved in ushering is approximately 3 hours per event, usually 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a weeknight.


Must pay UCSD Student Services fees each quarter working

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to follow directions & work well with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Punctuality, able to work in a fast-paced environment and quickly adapt to change.
  • It is essential that ushers are polite, friendly, and have excellent interpersonal communications skills.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work primarily in the evenings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have an appreciation for the performing arts.
  • A strong desire to work with the public.
  • Previous customer service experience and the ability to handle responsibility with minimal supervision.

Hours per week:
0 to 6 hours per week; ArtPower presents approximately 8 to 9 shows during each of the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, with 3 to 8 ushers per show.

Desired Start Date:
Employment to coincide with the beginning of the academic year.

How to Apply:

Submit Handshake Application. Please include a letter explaining why you would like to be an Usher for ArtPower in 500 words or less.



TICKET SALES: 858-534-1430

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

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

Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager
ksturch@ucsd.edu / 858.822.3121



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

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In Solidarity

Statement from Student Life:

We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and are committed to transformative action. We recognize that, for too long, Black students, staff, and faculty have been disproportionately impacted on our campus through a system perpetuated by white principles and values. We also recognize the disparate impact the Coronavirus has had on communities of color as well as the pain and suffering so deeply felt within Black communities. Our humanity is constantly diminished through the multiple injustices done to ourselves and each other. We believe that now, as much as at any time in our nation’s history, we have a chance for lasting, real change.

We assume that responsibility.

Collectively, we have an opportunity to advance systemic equity.

To Black students: The Black experience on our campus is unacceptable. We see you, we care about you, we prioritize your well-being, and we are committed to improving your experience.

To Black staff: We see you and acknowledge you have often been expected to operate at full capacity in a system that implicitly places expectations on you to comply with inaccurate modalities. You have also been held responsible to be the voice, represent, and do the work that we all should be doing to support the Black community.

While we have done good work advancing some diversity and inclusivity efforts, we can do more.

In Student Life we will:

  • Assess and evaluate all of our services and programs to ensure the Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) student experience is centered in all our efforts.
  • Reduce the minimum number of principal members required for student organization registration from four to three principal members. This will reduce barriers to student organization registration for smaller groups, provide additional support for culturally- based organizations, and help to establish a consistent presence of historically Black National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) fraternities and sororities on campus.
  • Host additional community dialogues and iLead leadership development workshops on topics of race, social justice, and allyship in the Center for Student Involvement (CSI).
  • Offer an Equity-Minded Leadership seminar and ART of Inclusive Communication training for all student organization principal members in CSI.
  • Initiate an Antiracism Workgroup among University Centers staff and student employees to research, learn, and implement strategies within the student union to actively work against racism.
  • Continue to assess, promote awareness and education of Basic Needs student services that actively center Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) to increase equitable access to food, housing, and financial wellness resources by breaking down historically oppressive systemic barriers.
  • Commit to bringing forward voices which represent the BIPOC experiences on our stages. We will bring these artists into direct contact with our student body so that they can share their experiences with UC San Diego students.
  • Support student leaders in the creation of a Minority Caucus in Associated Students to increase the representation of Black students in Student Government and campus spaces.
  • Support student leaders in crafting and distributing a resource guide for how students and staff can advocate for anti-racist legislation.
  • Support student leaders in ensuring Black voices are included in committees and conversations at UC San Diego and systemwide.
  • Create a committee focused on the continued personal/professional development of Student Life staff on topics related to privilege, anti-racism, and allyship.
  • Intentionally challenge those with white skin privilege to acknowledge inherent racism and embody inclusive and equitable practices, language, and understanding.
  • Encourage individuals who feel they have been disrespected or mistreated to seek help or guidance (Student Life Human Resources, AVC-Student Life)
  • Build awareness and address unconscious bias and encourage every employee to review, question, and analyze their own personal potential biases and assumptions.
  • Mix-up work teams by inviting others to conversations in order to include various perspectives and viewpoints.
  • Bi-annually assess our staff profiles and ensure our recruitment efforts represent our student and community populations.
  • Continue confronting racial bias in hiring and training hiring managers to root out racial bias in hiring and recruiting practices. .

This is not an exhaustive list, we commit to these actions as well as identify additional efforts to improve the experience of Black, Indigenous People of Color on our campus.

In Community,
Heather Belk, Director, Associated Students Administration
Doug Carlone, Director, Student Life Business Office
Patricia Mahaffey, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life
Alicia Magallanes, Director, Basic Needs Center
Jordan Peimer, Executive Director, ArtPower
Jon Carlos Senour, Director, Student Legal Services
Anthony Tran, Director, University Events Office
Emily Trask, Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement
Sharon Van Bruggen, Executive Director, University Centers