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The Arts Collaboratory

From performers and technicians to educators and advocates, passionate people form the heart of the College of Arts and Sciences artistic community. 

Setting the Scene

The Arts Collaboratory Initiative aims to unite arts-oriented endeavors across departments and disciplines while fostering visionary experimentation within the College, around the UB campus, and throughout the Western New York region. Already, the faculty, students and alumni of the Departments of Art, Media Study, Music, Theatre and Dance, and the Arts Management Program form a core base of creative leaders committed to building a unique cultural legacy at UB.

True advancement requires specialized equipment and spaces dedicated to teaching, investigation, skill-building and performing. New physical structures and upgraded technology, along with a dynamic curriculum, will play a crucial role in ensuring students have the best resources at their fingertips. 

By providing more opportunities for our talented community members to elevate their craft, by promoting constructive community/regional connections, and by training arts students to thrive in a complex, challenging industry, the Arts Collaboratory will ensure UB remains a vibrant, world-class destination for artistic impact and achievement.

The Arts Collaboratory in Action

  • A creative partnership between UB and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will present "Kurt Weill: Amerika/Amerika," a celebration of Weill's music including a symposium, an art gallery exhibit, chamber concert, special course curricula, and a performance of "The Threepenny Opera" by Theatre and Dance students.
  • Coalesce: Center for Biological Arts is a hybrid studio laboratory facility where artists use life sciences technologies as their medium.
  • Alum-turned-professor Jonathan Shimon and students will present an installation at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial as reps of the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology.
  • Though Buffalo String Works, student violinists in the Department of Music share the gift of song with refugee children.
  • In 2017 and 2018, the Department of Theatre and Dance joined the Buffalo Botanical Gardens for Lumagination, with brilliant results.
  • Buffalo’s Science & Art Cabaret hosts annual conversations between the region’s leading scientific and artistic minds.
  • June in Buffalo, the UB's premier contemporary music festival, draws composers and musicians from all over the globe.
  • The UB Art Galleries provide easy access to thought-provoking art, visiting artists and stimulating educational programs; a recent partnership between UB's Museum Management students and Highgate Heights Elementary introduced second- and third-graders to the Cravens Collection.
  • The Center for the Arts continues to serve as a central source of artistic vision in Buffalo and beyond.
  • Additional performance venues for actors, dancers and musicians on campus include the Katharine Cornell Theatre, the Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall and the Baird Recital Hall.

Experiential Learning at "Lumagination" with Theatre and Dance students

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