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Center for Intercultural Performance. Records. 1960-2012.
University Archives Record Series 798  
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  • Title: Center for Intercultural Performance. Records.
    Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 798
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 70.0 linear ft. (70 cartons)
    Date: 1960-2012
    Abstract: Founded in 1995 by Professor Judy Mitoma, the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP) hosted several international residencies and cross cultural exchanges such as the Asian Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX). The Center was established under the umbrella of UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures (WAC). CIP also played a large part in producing Los Angeles’ World Festival of Sacred Music from 1999-2011. The Center for Intercultural Performance was active from 1995 until 2012. The Center for Intercultural Performance records consist of administrative records, financial records, press and ephemera, photography, and University correspondence.
    creator: Center for Intercultural Performance. 1995-

    Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright of portions of this collection has been assigned to The Regents of the University of California. The UCLA University Archives can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the UCLA University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Center for Intercultural Performance. Records (University Archives Record Series 798). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.

    Processing Information

    Preliminary processing by Shaula M. Stephenson and Charlotte B. Brown in 2012. Processed by Laura Dick in 2013 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar.
    The processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia. 

    Historical note

    Founded in 1995, the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP) brought together internationally recognized artists, scholars, writers, filmmakers, arts professionals and educators from around the world. After receiving major funding from the Ford Foundation, the Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP) was established as a center under the umbrella of the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA.
    The Center for Intercultural Performance was founded by Professor Judy Mitoma. She served as Director of the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance and Professor of Dance in the Department of World Arts and Cultures until her retirement in 2011. Judy Mitoma was the recipient of the distinguished 2003 John D. Rockefeller Foundation award from the Asian Cultural Council in honor of her service and support of cultural exchange between the United States and Asia.
    CIP hosted several international residencies and welcomed over 250 artists both on the UCLA campus and abroad. These residencies were open to UCLA students and international artists. One of these residencies was UCLA’s successful Asian Pacific Performance Exchange also directed by Professor Mitoma. APPEX was an international residency program with a particular focus on American and Asian artists. The program’s aim was to offer an educationally based international exchange that fostered cross-cultural and interdisciplinary understanding.
    Although the Center for Intercultural Performance was a UCLA based institution, the center had multiple ties with the Los Angeles community at large. CIP’s largest undertaking was producing the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles. The World Festival of Sacred Music (WFSM) began as a one-time event in 1999 inspired by a letter from His Holiness the Dalai Lama suggesting that people from around the world mark the new millennium with hope and commitment to peace and universal responsibility through music. In response to this call, the Foundation for World Arts in association with EarthWays Foundation, and the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance produced the 1999 Festival in Los Angeles. The World Festival of Sacred Music took place in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.
    When the Center for Intercultural Performance was founded in 1995, it was the only arts department in the United States based on interdisciplinary, international and intercultural research with a performance agenda. CIP was active from 1995 until 2012.
    1962: Department of Dance founded at UCLA under leadership of Alma Hawkins
    1972: World Arts and Cultures (WAC) is established, originally called “Ethnic Arts”
    1982: Judy Mitoma joins WAC
    1995: Center for Intercultural Performance founded by Judy Mitoma
    1996: APPEX program is established
    1998: Ah Q! Performance premieres
    1999: The World for Sacred Music Festival began as a one-time millennium event
    1999: Foundation for World Arts incorporated as a non-profit organization
    2002: Second WFSM implements “Local Heroes” initiative, a project seeking to recognize and celebrate local heroes in the Los Angeles community and urban prayer flag initiative
    2002: “Envisioning Dance on Film and Video” (Book/DVD) published and released
    2003: “Art of Rice” travelling theater begins, traveling across Indonesia and the US
    2005: Third WFSM
    2006-2007: UCLA Choreographers/Arts Management Residency takes place
    2007-2008: Bridge Choreographic Dialogues (Tel Aviv/UCLA) international arts residency takes place
    2008: Fourth WFSM
    2009: Indonesian Arts Education Exchange Residency takes place
    2010: Department name changed to Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
    2011: Fifth and final WFSM “Water Is Rising”
    2011: Judy Mitoma retires

    Scope and Content

    Record Series 798 contains administrative records, financial records, press and ephemera, photography, and University correspondence. The collection demonstrates the immense amount of time and effort spent planning and eventually producing CIP’s multiple projects. The financial records include the grant applications and awards for all of the Center for Intercultural Performance’s programs, including the World Festival of Sacred Music and APPEX. A majority of the financial correspondence is involving the Ford Foundation, the United States Department of State, PEW Trust, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Freeman Foundation. The Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP) was established as a Center within UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. CIP produced Los Angeles’ World Festival of Sacred Music (WFSM) and administered the Asian Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX). Due to the large amount of material on WAC, WFSM, and APPEX each was given its own series, as well as CIP. This collection is a testament to the incredible amount of work Professor Judy Mitoma put forth into the Center for Intercultural Performance and its many projects on the UCLA campus, in the city of Los Angeles, and all over the world.
    • Acronyms found within this collection include:
    • AAP- Art Association of the Philippines
    • ACC- Asian Cultural Council
    • AI-Arts International
    • APASI-Asian Performing Arts Summer Institute
    • APPEX- Asian Pacific Performance Exchange
    • CIP-Center for Intercultural Performance
    • FWA-Foundation for World Arts
    • LACAD-Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
    • TPC- The Philanthropic Collaborative
    • WFSM- World Festival of Sacred Music
    This collection has been arranged in the following series:
    Series 1: Asian Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX), 1981-2010

    Subseries 1.1: Financial Records, 1993-2010

    Subseries 1.2: Planning, 1981-2010

    Subseries 1.3: Photos, 1996-2010

    Subseries 1.4: Final Reports, 1996-2010
    Series 2: Word Festival Sacred Music Festival (WFSM), 1997-2011

    Subseries 2.1: Financial Records, 1998-2001

    Subseries 2.2: Planning, 1997-2011

    Subseries 2.3: Photos, 1999-2005

    Subseries 2.4: Final Reports, 1999-2010

    Subseries 2.5: Press/Ephemera, 1999-2011
    Series 3: Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP)

    Subseries 3.1: Financial Records, 1995-2009

    Subseries 3.2: Administrative Records, 1994-2003

    Subseries 3.3: Photos, 1998-2006

    Subseries 3.4: Programs, 1946-2009
    Series 4: World Arts and Cultures (WAC)

    Subseries 4.1: Administrative Records, 1960-2012

    Subseries 4.2: Photos/Ephemera, 1977-2012
    Subseries are arranged chronologically.
    This is an active record series; additional University records are expected to be added.