Congratulations to AEPG Awardees for 2022-2023

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Congratulations to all of the faculty awardees for an Artistic Excellence Programming Grant for 2022-2023!

What is AEPG?

Since this initiative began in 2018, it's grown into the H&A in Action college-wide initiative that focuses on melding teaching, research, and public programming to involve students and our surrounding San Jose community in the engaging public programming our college offers. These grants allow us to maximize students’ exposure to and interaction with high-quality, diversified programming in the performing, visual, literary, and culinary arts. The Hammer Theatre and other performing venues on campus offer an opportunity for SJSU to create a coherent arts and culture programming series that invites students to have hands-on experiences with world-class professionals.

We are continuing our themes of Sustainable Futures and The Inclusion Initiative: Racial Equity and Social Justice.

Bring Students into the Collaboration

While AEPG faculty are planning next year's events, we encourage as many other faculty as possible to read the descriptions, to get involved, to engage their students in the event's ground-floor creation (instead of only as passive viewers later in the audience.) Read the proposal descriptions all of these exciting events here.

Many of the events engage with topics that are important for student conversations on LGBTQIA identity, production of NFTs, representations of Japanese cultural identity, popularity of video games, diversity of punk rock, ecology of water, extemporaneous music & performance poetry, celebrations of linguistic diversity, game design and music...and so much more!

As event details are finalized, they will be entered into the SJSU Events Calendar and then publicized in the Dean's Monday Mailers. But, don't wait for that last minute notice! If you're interested in integrating one of these events into your courses for AY 2022-2023, please contact the coordinator now. We have a bank of teaching materials and assignments that you could easily adapt into your curriculum.

To see an example of a cross- and interdisciplinary AEPG project that invites students as the knowledge co-creators, check out Reiko Kataoka's (Linguistics & Language Development) project, "The Meaning of Linguistic Diversity." Do you want to collaborate with an AEPG coordinator on a particular event?

Watch for all of these AEPG events in upcoming classes, on stages, across campus, and throughout the San José area next year starting in August 2022.

Full Descriptions Available


  • Selena Anderson (English), "CLA Presents: Joy Williams"
  • Andrea Bechert (Film & Theatre), "Passage by Christopher Chen"
  • Andrea Bechert (Film & Theatre), "The Hunchback of Seville by Charise Castro Smith"
  • Jeffrey Benson & Sandra Bengochea (Music), "Considering Matthew Shepard"
  • Apryl Berney (Film & Theatre), "Rasquache Aesthetic to the Max: Asian Americans & Chicano/as in Punk"
  • Kirsten Brandt (Film & Theatre), "INTO THE WOODS, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine"
  • Erica Buurman (Beethoven Center), "Music and dance of the eighteenth-century ballroom: A creative motion-tracking project"
  • Fred Cohen (Music), "Kaleidoscope!"
  • Pablo Furman and Aaron Lington (Music), "Spontaneous Combustion – The Art of Extemporaneous Composition [in Music, Art, Literature & Spoken Word, Theatre & Technology]"
  • Sam Gollestani (Film & Theatre), "A September To Remember"
  • Molly Hankwitz and Katherine Cushing (Art & Art History), "Life of Water/Water is Life"
  • Rhonda Holberton and Chelsea Thompto (Art & Art History), "What the [bleep] is an NFT?"
  • Reiko Kataoka (Linguistics & Language Development), "The Meaning of Linguistic Diversity"
  • Aaron Lington (Music), "Black Cab Concert Series"
  • Nadia ("Addie") Mahmassani and J. Michael Martinez (English), "Alchemy: Poetry in Performance"
  • Nick Martinez (Film & Theatre), "Nisei"
  • Virginia San Fratello (Design), "Robots + Design Workshop: Roberta Meet Ani"
  • Raha Shojaei (Film & Theatre), "Whose Ears Are You Listening With?"
  • Alan Soldofsky and J. Michael Martinez (English), “Feeding Our Hunger: Poetry Responds to Food Insecurity/Sharing Our Food and Culture(s)"
  • Matthew Spangler (Film & Theatre/Communications), "Contesting Anti-Muslim Racism through Theatre: Lisa Zahra’s Baba Jan' and Christy Lefteri, Nesrin Alerfaai, and Matthew Spangler’s 'The Beekeeper of Aleppo'"
  • David Vickerman (Music), "The Art of Video Game Music"

Previous AEPG Projects & Awardees

To read about the more than 500 wonderful AEPG-supported events and programming since 2018, check out our previous awardees and program reports. For articles and information on Public Humanities & the Arts, check out our resources

Apply Next Year!

If you're interested in applying for AEPG funding for 2023-2024, watch this space for the release of the new request for proposals in November 2022 and announcement of Dr. Katherine D. Harris' informational sessions and open office hours to brainstorm about creating a robust, collaborative project. 

-Author: Katherine D. Harris (March 11, 2022)