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
2021–22 ArtPower Season

Welcome to the 2021–22 ArtPower season. After a year of streaming offerings and digital residencies, it will be amazing to return to live performances in the theaters. We have all missed the interaction between artist and audience, artist and student, and audience and audience. Now it seems almost unbelievable that we will be back sharing the same space and thrilling to the same performances at the same time. 

This season we aim to honor our long-standing commitments to some artists, invite back favorites, and introduce new artists that we know you will want to hear and see more of in the coming years. We are proud to be partnering with the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego and to be bringing La Santa Cecilia to campus for a UC San Diego community-only conversation and concert in celebration of the University’s first LatinX History Month. We’ll be welcoming back Ronald K. Brown, one of the nation’s most celebrated choreographers, and his company EVIDENCE to San Diego for the first time in nearly 15 years. And of course, we cannot wait to hear the exciting conclusion of the Beethoven Cycle from the Ariel Quartet.

We are looking forward to reengaging with all of you with new vigor that will be inevitable from the communal experience of sharing art together. We are excited to reinvigorate and reimagine the performing arts community we all love.

Finally, I want to acknowledge UC San Diego whose highest priority has been keeping all of us safe throughout the pandemic.  Know that we will be continuously monitoring the latest developments, and ask you to kindly abide by the guidance posted prior to each performance.

Jordan Peimer
Executive Director, ArtPower at UC San Diego


The arts are a dynamic part of UC San Diego’s transformative interdisciplinary environment—they ignite our creativity, raise cultural awareness, and promote a sense of belonging. ArtPower fosters this barrier-breaking innovation through inspired programming in music, dance, and student and community engagement activities. 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.

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.

Julie Han, Junior Arts Org Assistant
Class of 2022 | Major:Cognitive Science Spec. 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.


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!!


Ashley Moon, Senior Arts Org 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.

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.TIXS (8497) / boxoffice@ucsd.edu

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