UCCS Presents was created a few years ago, shortly after the initial design meetings for the Ent Center for the Arts began. The new arts center had, somewhat unexpectedly, set in motion the idea of unifying a few University programs that had an established record of building community and supporting creative expression. Most recently, UCCS Presents moved to the Student Success Division, which promotes the growth and development of students outside of the classroom.
The programs of UCCS Presents are the University Center and Events Services and the professional arts programs of the Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA), THEATREWORKS, an interdisciplinary, intergenerational outreach and education series, and a new Artist Series featuring music and dance that will launch in the Ent Center for the Arts in February of 2018.
But what we are is not what we do. What we do is connect people. We connect people to each other, to family and to friends. These values are reflected in our programs which, though separate and distinct entities, are united by the shared mission of building community and creating connections. The Ent Center for Arts will magnify our capacity to realize these shared values.
Of course you will love the new Ent Center for the Arts. It’s a handsome, gleaming structure with an undulating exterior that contains one of the city’s finest interior public spaces due in part to its stunning panoramic views of the front range. It’s also a transformative building. The facilities are game-changers for every program that occupies it, including the academic programs of Music and Theatre & Dance. Finally, we hope that local community performing arts organizations find a new home for their programs in the state-of-the-art venues.
The building opens in January, with a donor celebration on February 3. But the party won’t end then. The joint will be jumping all season long with a series of never before seen performances and art exhibitions. So stay tuned for more news and announcements and we look forward to connecting with you again very soon.