The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange


Artists create meaning, solve problems and challenge expectations. The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports creative research and critical discourse by University of California faculty and students working in all genres and with a wide array of community partners.

With more than 1000 artists/researchers currently employed, the University of California system is home to the largest group of nationally and internationally recognized artists anywhere in the world. The University of California is also a leader in interdisciplinary practices linking research in the arts and science, arts and technology, arts and the environment, arts and digital media, and arts and the public sphere.

As the only system-wide arts research unit, UCIRA seeks to support the most innovative and relevant arts research taking place at the University of California. We have an interest in work that encourages curricular development and innovative resource-sharing within individual campuses and/or across two or more campuses, as well as expanded praxis/participation-oriented work in which University of California faculty and/or students partner as co-researchers and co-learners with representatives from a broad range of off-campus communities, organizations and agencies. UCIRA is committed to supporting risk-taking research and new forms of cutting-edge practice that might not otherwise find University or extramural support and which both serve to enhance the rank and reputation of the University of California system and California’s dynamic geographic, cultural and economic profile.

Due to budget cuts, UCIRA permanently ceased all program operations on June 30th, 2015.