Top Three Reasons to Care About UCSB’s State of the Arts Conference

The University of California’s first-ever State of the Arts conference goes down at UCSB this weekend, May 18-20, as the annual event of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts, a program that gives grants to UC faculty and students for projects that will make significant artistic and cultural impact. Like most conferences, much of the weekend — which is being attended by folks from all over the state — will be taken up by panels and lectures, but there’s also some seriously experimental art going down too. Here are three reasons to take note. See for more.

{1} MAKROLAB: This experimental art and science project — which is housed in shipping containers; has toured Europe, South Africa, and Australia; and was designed by a team of architects supervised by UCSB’s Marko Peljhan — will overlook Campus Point for the conference’s duration.

{2} The Tactical Ice Cream Unit: Roving the streets of UCSB on May 18 and Isla Vista May 19, this ice cream truck-cum-social-activism mobile headquarters disperses knowledge, gas masks, and goodies to those in need. See

{3} The Monument Project: With participation from teenagers, UCSB students, I.V. Live!, the S.B. Museum of Art, seniors from the Friendship Manor, and MacArthur Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro, this project presents art and performance that symbolize the community.

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