University of Florida Performing Arts
When you think of University of Florida Performing Arts, perhaps the big building with the beautiful fountain comes to mind. While the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is an essential part of who we are, UFPA is something much greater. We are not simply a building, a stage, a place, or a venue; walls do not define us.
Our heart is in our community and on our campus. We believe performing arts are for everyone and we are dedicated to bringing world-class performers that reflect the diversity of Gainesville and its surrounding areas. While some of the artists coming this season will perform on the stage, many will also take their talents directly onto our campus and into local schools as part of our growing arts education program.
UFPA’s Official Mission
To ignite cultural and artistic connections for the students, residents and visitors of North Central Florida.
If all the world’s a stage, then our stages should look like the world. At UF Performing Arts we’re fostering a culture and presenting performances that reflect and celebrate the diversity of our audiences. Our organization is committed to including voices of those of varying abilities, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
University of Florida Performing Arts was formed in September 2000 when the Phillips Center and the newly-dedicated Baughman Center united under former UFPA Director Michael Blachly. In April 2001, University Auditorium became part of the program as well. Today, UFPA presents programs in the Phillips Center, University Auditorium, the Baughman Center, Squitieri Studio Theatre, as well as the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. UFPA is responsible for the operation of each venue, including administration, technical labor, staffing, and fiscal reporting.