10 Arts events not to miss in December 2021

Celebrate the end of the year with a variety of Arts events! Enjoy a concert at the Belkin, learn to upcycle in a mending workshop, attend a free symphony performance, and much more.


Concert at the Belkin: Drift

Wednesday, December 1 | 2 pm | Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Inspired by the exhibition Drift: Art and Dark Matter, the UBC Contemporary Players ensemble from the School of Music will drift through the gallery, creating a unique response to themes of the exhibition. This year’s concert will feature graphic scores created by composition students and interpreted by the players in the ensemble.


Arts Alumni Talks: Ajay Puri

Thursday, December 2 | 12:30 pm | Arts Student Centre

Meet Arts alum Ajay Puri (BSc’09, MHA’05), Partnership Strategist in the UBC Equity & Inclusion Office to learn about his UBC experience, student life, and career journey following graduation. With over 20 years of experience empowering communities, learn about his passion for social change and how it influenced his career trajectory.


UBC Connects with Michelle Good

Student event: Thursday, December 2 | 12 – 12:45 pm | Online
Main event: Thursday, December 2 | 2 – 3:30 pm | Online
Free with registration 

Join Cree author, poet, lawyer and UBC Creative Writing MFA alum Michelle Good for a talk on Education through dialogue: The human cost of colonialism. UBC students will also have the exclusive opportunity to connect with Good during an interactive question and answer session prior to the main event.


How to build workplace trust and communication for healthy teams

Thursday, December 2 | 12 pm | Online

In this webinar, learn from Arts alum Meg Mittelstedt (MJ’14) on how building healthy conflict can rectify communication issues in the workplace. Gain practical tips, resources, and tools to cultivate a workplace culture where all ideas and voices are heard.


Visual Politics: Documenting Black Western Canadian Diasporic Cultural Production

Thursday, December 2 | 4 pm | Online

Join Nya Williams, curator, founder and director of BlackArt Gastown and programmer for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival for a seminar on the histories of Black cultural production in Western Canada. Williams will offer a critical overview of the contemporary social, historical, and political landscape by examining six notable and underrepresented works by Black Canadian artists.


UBC Choirs and UBC Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, December 4 | 7:30 pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall
Tickets: $0-$25

Celebrate the return to live music with this end-of-term concert from the School of Music, featuring UBC Choirs and UBC Symphony Orchestra. This event is free for UBC students, faculty, and staff with ID.


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ExperiMending Workshop with Amy Walker

Saturday, December 4 | 1 – 3:30 pm | Museum of Anthropology
Tickets: $18 UBC students, staff, faculty, MOA members, Indigenous people | $25 Public

Join expert maker Amy Walker for a hands-on mending workshop and delight in the possibilities of sustainable habits like upcycling and visible mending. Look at examples from the MOA Collection, discuss the historical role of mending, and reflect on how the relationships humans have with our clothing and other personal belongings often show cultural values and priorities.


Designing Your Future: Virtual Workshop Series

Wednesday, December 8–10 | 12 pm | Online
Free with registration

Register for this 3-part series for Arts students which will prepare you for life after graduation. Learn about resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job search strategies, and more.


Responsible Leadership: How should we face the future? What can I do?

Thursday, December 9 | 12:30 – 2 pm | Online
Free with registration

Register for this UBC Dialogues session where a panel of experts examine the values, ethics, and integrity required to demonstrate responsible leadership. Learn how you can contribute to this cultural shift, regardless of your position in an organization, or place in society.


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UBC WinterBANG! Festival

Wednesday, December 15 | 12 pm & 7:30 pm | Barnett Hall

Discover how code and music can intersect in this event where UBC Music students will perform electroacoustic music using computer instruments and audio/video processes. Students from two Music classes will control these instruments and processes through gesture tracking of traditional instruments, dance, piano or string performance, or by using webcams, Kinects, Wiis, and other devices.