Congratulations to AEPG Awardees for 2023-2024

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Congratulations to all of the faculty awardees for an Artistic Excellence Programming Grant for 2023-2024! (Read on for the upcoming projects.)

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.

For 2023-2024, we are continuing our Sustainable Futures theme and have added a new theme, Re-Invention: Re-Building; Re-Imagining, Re-Conceptualizing through the Arts and Humanities.

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.

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 2023-2024, 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 2023.

Full Descriptions Available


  • Sarah Kate Anderson (Film & Theater), "Women of Will"
  • Catalina Barraza (Music) "Four Strings on a Box"

  • Kirsten Brandt (Film & Theater), COME FROM AWAY, A Musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein

  • Erica Buurman (Music), Beethoven Ball

  • Sukanya Chakrabarti (Film & Theater), YOGA PLAY by Dipika Guha

  • Raquel Coelho & David Chai (Design), INVENTION IN MOTION: A STOP MOTION FESTIVAL

  • Fred Cohen (Music), Bartok Quartet Symposium

  • Fred Cohen (Music), Kaleidoscope 2024

  • Fred Cohen & Jeffrey Benson (Music), Spring Opera @ the Hammer: L'Amant Anonyme, by Chevalier St. Georges

  • Scott Cummins (Film & Theater), 1984 by George Orwell - Adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan

  • Adrienne Eastwood (English), Ready for Re-entry: A Shakespearean Theater Experience

  • Pablo Furman & Christopher Luna-Mega (Music), San José City Hall Rotunda Concert and Sound Projection

  • Amy Glazer & Johnny Moreno (Film & Theater), GLORIA by Branden Jacob-Jenkins

  • Yoon Chung Han (Design), Sustainable 3D Printed Design Exhibition: Exploring and Supporting San Jose’s Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Art through 3D Printing Technology

  • Molly Hankwitz (Art & Art History), Water and Culture: Sharing and Caring about Water

  • Midori Ishida (World Languages & Literatures), Experiences and identities of Zainichi Koreans: Re-conceptualizing ethnic identity, nationality, and representations

  • Aaron Lington (Music), Black Cab Concert Series

  • Ann Murphy (Dance), “People First” Teach-in with Choreographer David Dorfman

  • Josh Nelson & Dana Ragouzeos (Design), Experiential Horizons

  • Eleanor Pries (Design), ReWeaving Past and Future

  • Cheyla Samuelson & Ángel Ruiz Blanco (World Languages & Literatures), Sustainable Futures at Home: Writing Ourselves into Environmental Research

  • Carlos Sanchez & Janet Stemwedel (Philosophy), Telling Your Life Story Philosophically

  • Chafin Seymour (Dance), BRIAR - Residency / Teaching / Performance Opportunities

  • Alan Soldofsky (English), SJSU Legacy of Poetry Festival--“Rewilding: Poetics of Restoration and Rejuvenation"

  • Matthew Spangler (Film & Theater), Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu

  • Matthew Spangler (Film & Theater), Pilgrimage: A Staged Reading of a New Play

  • Maite Urcaregui & J. Michael Martinez (English), Picturing Freedom Dreams: Poetry & Comics in Conversation/Community

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 2024-2025, watch this space for the release of the new request for proposals in November 2023 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 (April 13, 2023)