Scope and Content
Title: Center for Intercultural Performance. Records.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 798
UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material:
70.0 linear ft.
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.
Center for Intercultural Performance. 1995-
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[Identification of item], Center for Intercultural Performance. Records (University Archives Record Series 798). UCLA Library
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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
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.
||Department of Dance founded at UCLA under leadership of Alma Hawkins
||World Arts and Cultures (WAC) is established, originally called “Ethnic Arts”
||Judy Mitoma joins WAC
||Center for Intercultural Performance founded by Judy Mitoma
||APPEX program is established
||Ah Q! Performance premieres
||The World for Sacred Music Festival began as a one-time millennium event
||Foundation for World Arts incorporated as a non-profit organization
||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
||“Envisioning Dance on Film and Video” (Book/DVD) published and released
||“Art of Rice” travelling theater begins, traveling across Indonesia and the US
||UCLA Choreographers/Arts Management Residency takes place
||Bridge Choreographic Dialogues (Tel Aviv/UCLA) international arts residency takes place
||Indonesian Arts Education Exchange Residency takes place
||Department name changed to Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance
||Fifth and final WFSM “Water Is Rising”
||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.