ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts exists to catalyze people’s creativity by engaging them in the dynamic work of diverse artists.

Three inter-related activities enable the CFA to realize its purpose:

  • Supporting the research, public productions and in-studio teaching needs of the departments of Art and Art History, Dance, Music, and Theater.
  • Leading inter-disciplinary collaborations and other initiatives that integrate artists into creative curricular and co-curricular initiatives.
  • Organizing powerful encounters between visiting artists and diverse elements of the Wesleyan community, the greater Middletown community, statewide, and regional audiences.  

The Center for the Arts opened in the fall of 1973, and includes the Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, the 400-seat Crowell Concert Hall, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, the 260-seat Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, the 400-seat Theater, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), and classrooms and studios.

The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is dedicated to presenting groundbreaking solo and group exhibitions and installations that explore contemporary issues, often through through an interdisciplinary lens. Site specific projects that take advantage of the gallery's unique and majestic space have also been featured. For more information about the gallery, please click here.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the City of Middletown, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford Courant, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.

For additional information, please contact:
Andrew R. Chatfield, Director, Arts Communication
860-685-2806
achatfield@wesleyan.edu

Tickets and reservations for fall events are available online. The general public will be welcomed back to Wesleyan this fall to enjoy Center for the Arts outdoor programming and exhibitions in both the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. All patrons must adhere to and follow the University COVID-19 safety guidelines. Wesleyan requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated. All visitors will need to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated. Public health officials consider an individual to be fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Masks are required in all University buildings regardless of vaccination status. Indoor performances as well as special events, including opening receptions in the galleries, will be open to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Vaccinated visitors may attend outdoor events and outdoor activities unmasked. Patrons under the age of 12 are required to wear a mask at outdoor events. Due to current CDC age limits on vaccinations, individuals under the age of 12 will not be permitted at indoor exhibitions. The box office is open for walk-up sales Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm.
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