Arts and activities

USC offers an abundance of arts-related and other educational activities – many of them free or at a significant discount for employees. Check out the many choices below by exploring links to the performances, exhibits and other activities offered on campus and through USC’s arts academies. Also be sure to check out the Gateway Calendar of Events (always available on the front page of the Employee Gateway).

Visions and Voices

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative which emphasizes the university’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches. The initiative features a spectacular array of events, many conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. Performances and presentations by acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers are offered free for USC students, and most are free to the general public and you, as an employee, as well. See their website for details!


Plays and musicals from USC School of Dramatic Arts

Dance performances from USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Screenings from the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Concerts from USC Thornton School of Music

Classical KUSC
Listen by clicking on the bottom right corner of the Gateway front page – and check out this visit with KUSC personality Rich Capparela

University Chorus – this is open to all faculty, staff and students! See our video:


Fisher Museum of Art – USC’s gallery is always free to employees. See a preview of the latest exhibit:

Pacific Asia Museum – located in Pasadena with free admission with your USCard

Exhibitions at USC Roski School of Art and Design – located on the ground level in Watt Hall, Roski’s gallery offers undergraduate exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery is free and open Monday through Friday

More art on campus – join us for this whirlwind tour (video below – and watch with this guide in hand to identify all the works shown).

Exposition Park and Rose Garden – right across the street from UPC

Natural History Museum – your USCard admits you for free to the museum

La Brea Tar Pits – free admission with your USCard

Gamble House – located in Pasadena with 10% off admission on regular, public one-hour tours and 10% off merchandise at the bookstore with your USCard


What Matters to Me and Why – this series encourages reflection about values, beliefs, and motivation in the lives of those who help shape our university (often – faculty and staff). Presenters are encouraged to talk about choices made, difficulties encountered, and commitments solidified

Roski Talks – free talks by artists, designers, scholars and performers hosted by USC Roski School of Art and Design

Events Calendar

For more happening on and around USC’s campuses, see the USC Events Calendar.

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