The Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) supports and promotes innovative project-based research in the Arts at UMBC, encompassing Dance, Music, Theatre, and the Visual Arts, and advances the development of interdisciplinary and collaborative projects.

CIRCA would like to acknowledge that UMBC was established upon the unceded tribal lands of the Piscataway and Susquehannock peoples as well as upon the exclusions and erasures of many Indigenous peoples. This acknowledgement demonstrates a commitment to beginning the process of working to dismantle the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.

CIRCA stands with the University System of Maryland and UMBC leadership against structural racism and for racial justice, equity, democracy, and social action in our communities. We stand in solidarity with and support of BIPOC faculty, staff, students, and alumni and will use our platform, programming, and voices to bring the tools of the arts to work against racism and to create systematic change. We offer the following ongoing list of resources for work against anti-racism in the Arts: CIRCA Anti-Racism and the Arts Resources