THE MISSION OF CULTURAL ARTS AND DIVERSITY RESOURCE CENTER
Cultural Arts and Diversity serves a diverse community of cultures at UCSC for cultural enrichment to enhance the educational experience through the African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) and Rainbow Theater Troupe. Both of these troupes provide a variety of theater productions that address contemporary and historical socio-political issues that strive to retain a diverse student population through opportunities of cultural experiences, performances, leadership and activism. Our goal is to empower people by enhancing cross-cultural understanding and solidarity in representation through nurturing cultural awareness.
Click on our "Live Calendar" tab above to see the many shows to come
What Is the Cultural Arts & Diversity Center?
The Cultural Arts and Diversity (CAD) Resource Center strives to enhance the cultural climate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, and its surrounding communities by first, celebrating diversity. We work to foster the spirit of unity between cultures by providing outlets for the creative talents of the members of various cultural backgrounds through a series of lectures, presentations, workshops and productions. By gaining access to resources and services that support these endeavors, we strive to provide cultural awareness and diversity, build collaborative partnerships and community outreach, enhance retention and recruitment efforts, and provide opportunities for leadership and educational development. Our resource center, among many other things, houses two student-based theatrical organizations, four academic courses, professional quality student productions, a series of lectures and workshops, two outreach teams and a series of professional productions. These services are available year around, working to provide our community with art, culture and most of all, diverse education.
"Thank you for sharing your stories with our students. They saw themselves in the narratives you have to share...Many of them walked away with a new perspective of what college can be and provide them. Rainbow, Rainbow!"
- Alexandrea Ramirez
(Outreach Participating School Instructor)
The Cultural Arts and Diversity Center promotes the following programs:
"If you want to be truly blessed, learn to uplift someone higher than yourself"
- Don Williams