Center for the Arts and Humanities

Center for the Arts and Humanities


"STEM education is grounded in the study of the humanities...and demands an increased attention to ethics, social responsibility, and the thoughtful consideration of controversial issues."

-Michael Engh, S.J., President Santa Clara University


"Humanity has always looked to the Arts to explain the world."

-W. Kamau Bell


Drawing from both traditional forms of expression and the latest in digital technologies, the Center for Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University literally has no boundaries as it fosters interdisciplinary collaboration in research, teaching, service and creative activity both on campus and in the community, locally and globally. The Center merges the Jesuit passion for scholarly excellence and service with the explosion of creativity which is Silicon Valley. Join us as we not only push the envelope but eliminate it all together, exploring the joy of meaningful expression at the interface of the arts, humanities, sciences, and entrepreneurial genius in the 21st Century.

Frank Sinatra Artist-in-Residence
Taye Diggs


Taye Diggs named Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts for 2018-19

The groundbreaking actor and singer from film and stage will start his residency at Santa Clara University this fall.  Read more

Santa Clara - Filoli Gardens Partnership
Filoli Gardens


Filoli Gardens and the Center for the Arts and Humanities have joined in partnership to educate, serve, promote volunteerism, scholarly research, sustainability, and diversity while providing a natural haven at two of California’s most storied historical institutions.  This collaboration includes offering educational programs for our communities, classes, public and private programs consistent with our institutions’ mission, student internships, hosting conferences, and promoting best practices in sustainability and service to the public.



SCU at Filoli events:

August 2

Lee Panich, Anthropology: The Hidden Lives of Mission Indians – Archaeological Insights from Colonial California, 5:45 p.m.

Andrea Pappas, Art and Art History: 30 minute wander through House to look at embroidered objects - 5:30 pm

August 19

Christina Zanfagna and Josh Reed, Music Department, Jazz Radical Imaginations: Jazz and Justice from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter – 11:00 a.m., part of Filoli’s Summer Jazz series.