Uncaged Library Arts & Information lifts up stories that sustain the hearts and minds of social change workers in the Bay Area and beyond. In particular, ULP produces collaborative music, theater, film, and data that highlights the struggles and victories of LGBTQ people, people living with HIV, and people of color in our ongoing fights for dignity, existence, and liberation.

UL was founded in 2016 by Anand Jay Kalra, who saw a disconnect between activist organizations and the communities they serve. As a professionally trained librarian with experience conducting qualitative and quantitative social research, Anand has a passion for connecting people with the information they need to be healthy, happy, and successful. Disappointed by seeing amazing social change agents fail to reach wide audiences with reports and blog posts, Anand began working with organizations to make their stories more accessible through video and song.


From 2016-2018, we created and produced a documusical based on the life of afrofuturist luminary Octavia E. Butler. The musical, Octavia of Earth, was a collaboration among a group of artists and featured film and dance in addition to lyrics and music. 


Musical styles vary from traditional choral to electronic, jazz, pop, ballads, and musical theater. For Octavia of Earth, the biographical musical about Octavia E. Butler, we created and recorded nine original songs between 2017 and 2019. The soundtrack album is available on CD, mp3, and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services. 

Facilitation & Conflict Mediation

I went through my first conflict mediation training in 1994 and have grown my facilitation and mediation skills through thousands of hours of practice since then. You can read more about my approach here.