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.
THE MISSION OF CULTURAL ARTS AND DIVERSITY RESOURCE CENTER
The Cultural Arts & Diversity Resource Center (CADRC) serves a diverse community of cultures at UCSC for cultural enrichment and strives to enhance the educational experience of students through the African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) and Rainbow Theater Troupe. Rainbow Theater holds auditions every fall quarter and the AATAT holds auditions every winter quarter. Both troupes look to cast actors, technicians, singers, dancers, poets, and much more. Both of these troupes provide a variety of theater productions that address contemporary and historical socio-political issues. CADRC strives 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.
The Cultural Arts and Diversity Center promotes the following programs:
Artistic Director Of CADRC
Williams, Donald G., producer, director, educator, technical advisor, and lecturer on African American Theater, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Williams has presented plays, presentations, and workshops throughout California. He is a member of the California Educational Theater Association, Black Theater Network, National Black Theater Festival, and United States Institute of Theater Technology.