The ASUCD Whole Earth Festival began in 1969 when an art class taught by Jose Arguelles held an “Art Happening” on the quad as part of their class project. The students used art to teach visitors about activism, wellness, and the environment in an interactive and creative way. At the time, the Art Happening created an educational process that dared to transcend the typical system of standardized tests and impersonal lectures, promoting instead a culture of cooperative and participative learning.
Since then, the festival has grown into one of the largest public student-run events in the nation. Gifts to the Whole Earth Festival will go towards supporting our festival as a whole, namely the restoration of the reusable dishes program and maintaining the quality and quantity of offerings for festival attendees.