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Isla Vista Memorial Exhibition

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 8:00am to Mon, 06/17/2024 - 5:00pm
Mountain Gallery

This exhibition commemorates the 10th anniversary of a violent rampage in which six UCSB students were killed and fourteen people injured in Isla Vista on May 23, 2014. Materials on display were collected from spontaneous memorials that appeared following the murders and have been preserved and are available for research in the Special Research Collections department of the UCSB Library. These historical artifacts reflect themes that emerged as the community coped with the tragedy.

In a three-part experience, visitors can explore the historical artifacts in this exhibit, engage with interactive artwork at the Associated Students Annex, and be empowered as a member of the UCSB community through light displays and memorial message boards at Storke Tower. Please check this link for additional events and exhibitions on campus for the Isla Vista Memorial. 

Since the tragedy, organizations such as Moms Demand Action have taken root in the Isla Vista community supporting changes to statewide and federal laws surrounding mental health and gun reform. “Blunite” and The Beloved Community Isla Vista have taken local action to promote civic engagement in the community. This exhibition seeks to reflect on the tragedy of the past and forge new strength for the future. 

The exhibition was co-curated by librarians Danelle Moon and Annie Platoff, and Associated Students senator Eric Carlson. It is co-sponsored by the UCSB Associated Students and the UCSB Library.