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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Since its inception, UC San Diego has nurtured a spirit of curiosity, creative problem solving, and diverse and inclusive collaboration to meet the needs of its campus and regional community. This ethos has created a university evolving and transformed — a destination for globally ranked education, leading edge research, nationally recognized healthcare and world-class arts and culture. Our new performance venues and exhibit spaces, dynamic program offerings curated by Triton Performances, and increased connectivity with the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley have expanded opportunities for deeper community connections and inspired artistic exploration. The result? Lively, engaging and exciting cultural offerings that showcase the very best of our dynamic, multicultural region.

Our innovative arts and culture programming offer something for everyone. We invite you to join us soon to enjoy dance and musical performances at the Epstein Family Amphitheater, witness global music artists and up-and-coming jazz musicians at The Loft, or experience world-class chamber music and innovative artists through ArtPower’s programming. Wherever your curiosity leads you, we look forward to welcoming you to campus soon. Thank you for your continuous support of ArtPower and UC San Diego.


Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor, UC San Diego



Colleen Kollar Smith, Executive Director, Campus Performances and Events Office

Elizabeth Bradshaw, Associate Director of Artistic Planning and Outreach

Albert Agbayani, Assistant Director of Artistic Planning and Outreach

Joanna Christian, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Jennifer Mancano, Events & Performing Arts Business Manager

Kathryn Sturch, Production Manager

Alyssa Villaseñor, Marketing Manager

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

For Marketing/Press Inquiries:
joanna@ucsd.edu / 858.230.0943

For Development Inquiries:



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