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About the Arts at MJC

The MJC Arts Division serves the surrounding community by providing quality performing and visual arts experiences for audiences both young and experienced. The Art Gallery presents a variety of shows each year focused on student, faculty and community work. An outstanding community orchestra and band provide free and low cost concerts for students and area music lovers. The Theatre and Dance Department produces six events each year including comedies, dramas as well as modern, jazz and hip-hop dance concerts. The Arts Division partners with on and off campus organizations to produce an annual calendar of special events including international music ensembles, guest lecturers, political commentators and solo artists.  Looking to transfer to a four-year university? MJC's Arts, Humanities and Communications programs are the gateway to a wide range of popular majors.



Art and Photography
Associate in Arts for Transfer:  Art History
Associate in Arts for Transfer:  Studio Arts
Associate in Arts:  Art
Associate in Arts:  Photography

Communication Studies
Associate in Arts for Transfer:  Communication Studies
Associate in Arts:  Communication Studies
Skills Recognition Award:  Communication Studies

Associate in Arts:  Dance

Associate in Arts:  General Studies – Emphasis in Humanities
Associate in Arts:  University Preparation – Emphasis in Humanities

Associate in Arts for Transfer:  Music
Associate in Arts:  Music
Skills Recognition Award:  Recording Arts

Associate in Arts for Transfer:  Theatre
Associate in Arts:  Theatre
Skills Recognition Award:  Design and Technical Theatre
Skills Recognition Award:  Theatre Performance


Arts, Humanities, & Communications - Division Office
Performing and Media Arts Center Room 205 (PAC 205)
435 College Ave - Modesto, CA 95350

Michael Sundquist, Division Dean
Jacquelin Wingett, Administrative Specialist
Cassandra Wilson, Administrative Technician 


Spring 2021 Virtual Events

The Odessa Johnson Story

Black History Month - Oral History Special

Odessa Johnson
Earlier this month MJC retiree Wes Page interviewed Odessa Johnson for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration event.  Their time together led to a fascinating oral history as Odessa talked about segregation, the circumstances that brought her to Modesto, how she was the first black teacher at Modesto High School, her involvement with MJC's EOPS program, running for the School Board and being appointed to the UC Board of Regents.  Sit back and listen to Odessa Johnson talk about her life, the community, and MJC.  She truly is one of our treasures.

Video Link


Spring 2021 Electronic Music Concert
Modesto Junior College’s Department of Music presents Electrical Thoughts Virtual Electronic Music Concert. This event will live stream on YouTube Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m.

The concert will feature original electronic music compositions created by student composers from the Modesto Junior College Music Technology Program. The composers featured will be Bryce Choy, Finn Derksen, August Eppler, Steven Estes and Mathew Murillo. The music will be created using computers, synthesizers, samplers and digital effects. All of the compositions will be virtual performances some with video displays and some with video recordings of live performances. The MJC Music Technology Director, David Dow, will also present some original electronic music compositions.

This is a free event. Click Here to access virtual video. For questions or more information, contact Professor David Dow at (209) 575-6078.


44th Annual Celebration of the Humanities Virtual Art Gallery Link
Celebration of the Humanities Art and Photography Virtual Art Gallery
4/5/2021 - 5/3/2021
3D Virtual Art Gallery or Exhibition Catalog
Contact: Chelsea Gilmore


44th Annual New Music Concert
44th Annual Celebration of the Humanities New Music Concert
4/9/2021 at 7:00pm
Click Here to access Virtual Video
Contact: David Dow


Celebration of the Humanities Film Awards
4/10/2021 at 5:00pm
Click Here to Access Virtual Video
Contact: Trevor Jackson


Celebration of the Humanities Writing Awards
4/14/2021 at 7:00pm
Contact Jim Beggs for recording of event


Celebration of the Humanities Art and Photography Awards
4/15/2021 at 5:00pm
Contact Chelsea Gilmore for recording of event


Celebration of the Humanities Expressions of Social Justice Awards
4/16/2021 at 5:00pm
Click here for recording of event
Contact: Trevor Jackson


MJC Dance Presents Inside Out, a Virtual Performance. April twenty-third and twenty fourth at seven pm. Please rsvp to Kim T Davis at email Link will be provided
MJC Dance Presents Inside/Out... a Virtual Performance.
Dance Celebration of the Humanities Awards will be presented here as well
4/23 & 4/24 at 7:00pm
Click Here for 4/23 event / Click Here for for 4/24 event



 Spring Showcase
MJC Music Presents Spring Student Showcase
4/30 at 7:00pm
Link will be provided soon


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