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Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture at UCR

Whether you're a spectator or a participant, UCR's arts and cultural happenings will engage your senses, inspire your creativity, ignite your intellect, and spark your imagination. 
 
We feature world-class art exhibitions, thought-provoking films, and dynamic performances at our downtown Riverside UCR ARTSblock. Nationally recognized, best-selling authors teach in our distinguished writing program and our MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts Program. Our interdisciplinary Center for Ideas and Society hosts lectures, forums, and conferences that involve campus and community members in the life of the mind. World-renowned writers and poets share their unique voices during our annual Writer's Week, the longest running free literary event in California.  Founded by UCR professor Tom Lutz, the Los Angeles Review of Books publishes reviews, essays, and interviews with leading authors of the day. Plus UCR boasts not just one but two U.S. Poet Laureates who help shape the way we think about our national identity.
 
Our Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts brings arts enrichment and education to thousands of students and families in our local community.  Our annual UCR is Dancing production showcases original choreography by UCR performers. Music fills the air each week thanks to year-round concerts, events, and outdoor music festivals like our annual Block Party and Homecoming Scot Fest. And nothing inspires our Highlander pride quite like the UCR Pipeband.

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Dance Program

The UCR Department of Dance hosts many performances throughout the year.

The UCR Department of Dance hosts many performances throughout the year.

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Theatre, Film, and Digital Production

UCR Department of Theater, Film, & Digital Production brings a new season of fresh performances every year.

UCR Department of Theater, Film, & Digital Production brings a new season of fresh performances every year.

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Music Programs

UCR Department of Music consists of 18 ensembles including a Bagpipe ensemble and a Taiko ensemble. All ensembles perform regularly around campus.

UCR Department of Music consists of 18 ensembles including a Bagpipe ensemble and a Taiko ensemble. All ensembles perform regularly around campus.

Campus Experiences