Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts, housed in an eleven-building complex designed by Kevin Roche/John Dinkeloo Architects, opened in 1973. By juxtaposing several highly flexible buildings, the architecture preserves the individual integrity of each of the arts while at the same time encouraging creative interaction between them. Undergraduate programs are offered in Art & Art History, Dance, Music and Theater, and graduate programs in Music. Performance and exhibition spaces include Crowell Concert Hall, World Music Hall, Cinema, Theater, Davison Art Center, and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.
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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts (CFA) serves the technical and production needs of the departments of dance, music, theater and art and art history, and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middletown and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions ranging from student and faculty works to internationally acclaimed ensembles. The mission of the visiting artist series is to feature the highest caliber of artists who extend and/or enhance Wesleyan's curriculum with a focus on those who are testing the boundaries of their art forms, who are true innovators in their fields, and whose work emanates from the widest spectrum of world cultures. The CFA is internationally recognized for its world music and dance programs, and the strength of the Music Department's graduate program in ethnomusicology. The CFA presents in an eleven-building arts village that includes arts department facilities, a theater, two concert halls, a cinema and a contemporary art gallery. In 2005, the CFA, Wesleyan and community partners founded the Green Street Arts Center located in the poorest neighborhood in the city.
Programming at the CFA includes exhibitions in the Zilkha Gallery, a nationally recognized contemporary art gallery; the Crowell Concert Series, an eclectic mix of classical, world music and jazz; the Breaking Ground Dance Series, which brings companies noted for their artistic rigor and innovation; the Outside the Box Series of discussions and performances in theater; and annual interdisciplinary arts festivals.
The CFA attracts nearly 42,000 campus and community audiences annually to over 260 events and exhibitions.