Hi, we're Dive into UBC, a student-run organization and all-inclusive guide to the arts and culture scene at UBC. Our aim is to promote and serve the arts and culture community on campus. We throw events, and showcase artists and groups to help drive students to participate in the growing and prominent arts and culture side of campus.
We highlight events on a weekly basis, spotlight spectacular artists on campus and collaborate to create events in order to connect students to the arts and culture that is ever-present but often missed at UBC. It focuses on the ever-shifting campus culture and creates space for students to be connected to their peers and their campus. We would also like to acknowledge that we are located on traditional and unceded land of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people.
Our events range from musical concerts, dance showcases, stand up comedy, slam poetry, story slams and pop-up shops for visual artists. Everything we do is by students for students.
Some of Our On-Campus Partners:
UBC Arts and Culture District
The UBC Arts & Culture District is a branch of the Faculty of Arts and is home to everything from theatre, film, contemporary and fine art to music, opera, live performances and a world renowned Museum of Anthropology. They bring creativity, art and inspiration to light at UBC.
UBC Arts Advocate and Artist Network and Hub
Do you have a project, collaborative idea, or artistic vision or expression you want to see happen? Is the space you have identified: underutilized, drab, unrepresentative of the people and culture, and in need of some reinvigoration? Then you are in the right place!
Imagine a university with a holistic Arts and Cultural Policy Statement that helps guides the community in coming together, building, representing and displaying beautiful works of art, culture and events that celebrate our collective values.
Imagine a redefined sense of space that is inclusive, communal and also truly representative of our values, beliefs, and culture across campus.
Imagine seeing art in the smallest of places and splashed across the sides of buildings in the forms of murals, sculptures, hanging pieces and more. Everywhere you turn there is something you didn’t see before. For the curious eyes, there is art in the most unlikely of places.
Imagine a vibrant UBC campus that is more connected, more colorful, and more unique.
Perspectives of Space
Yes, UBC is generally regarded as a beautiful campus, but it lacks a more holistic approach in signifying to everyone that it is a place that represents its communities values, culture, and ideas. Unlike Vancouver, that has made an effort in recent years to increase its Arts and Culture around the city with an increase in sculptures, artworks, and murals, UBC has lagged behind. Part of the reason Arts and Culture has taken so long to bolster and fund in most places is because it falls into the common western perceptual trappings of how we conceptualize space:
Space is empty until it is filled. It is a thing to be used and have done things in.
Wrong! Space should be a reflection of our collective values, cultures and beliefs. We need to reconceptualize how space is represented and understood. Part of that begins by asking the questions: Why is not more being done to truly represent our unique community and our values physically in our landscape and on our buildings? Why have we undervalued a more holistic and systemic approach to Arts and Culture at UBC?
Well, we don’t know, but we want all the help we can get to make it better and along the way maybe discover why!
So let’s help realize this vision by working together!
Approaching Artists, Curators, and Collaborators
This hub is about project collaboration and seeing your identified space become something greater, fuller and an expression of the people that dwell within it. It is not about buying art or forcing/domineering your vision to fruition. This is about collaboration!
That is why you should also consider contacting a collaborator! These people are sometimes facilitators, and liaisons who can help with more of the logistical side of things. Also read their title because it will indicate what they may be able to help you with. There are curators, professors, students, and UBC units involved such as SEEDS.