Center marks 10 years as hub for visual and performing arts

Lucario Plate Clipping Path
Lucario Plate Clipping Path pottery plate by Rebecca Lucario, Acoma Pueblo, N.M.; Americas Gallery, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

The University Center for the Arts – a hub for visual and performing arts – is marking its 10th anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year and will kick off a series of celebratory events with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 23.

The well-known arts venue is in the former Fort Collins High School on the east side of campus, surrounded by gorgeous University gardens.

It presents more than 250 events each year, showcasing the work of students, faculty, guest artists, and special acquisitions in a variety of state-of-the-art concert halls, theaters, and galleries.

The University Center for the Arts houses the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art; the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising; and select courses from the Department of Art and Art History and the LEAP Institute for the Arts. More than 1,000 students visit and learn there each day.

In recent news, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. This mark of excellence has been granted to only 3 percent of museums in the nation, according to estimates, and is a rare endorsement for university museums.