Center for the Arts

  • Washington Terrace

    The Center for the Arts (CFA) houses Wesleyan University's arts departments and serves as a cultural center for the campus, Middletown and the region by presenting a wide variety of events and exhibitions, ranging from student and faculty works to internationally acclaimed ensembles. The mission of the visiting artist series is to present the highest caliber of artists who extend and/or enhance Wesleyan's curriculum with a focus on those who are testing the boundaries of their art forms, who are true innovators in their fields, and whose work emanates from the widest spectrum of world cultures.

    For more information, visit the CFA Web site at

    The CFA also administers community outreach projects including tours and performances for children, hosts the Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition, and sponsors free concerts for patients in Middlesex Hospital, among other activities.

  • Green Street
    The Green Street Arts Center, located at 51 Green Street in Middletown, is a collaboration between Wesleyan University, the City of Middletown and the North End Action Team. This vibrant community arts center offers classes and workshops for children and adults in music, visual arts, dance, theater, literary and media arts.  For more information: 860-685-7871 or Click here.
  • CFA Box Office
    Tickets for CFA events are available through the University Box Office located in the Usdan University Center. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a. m. - 4:30 p.m. The Box Office can be reached by phone at (860) 685-3355 or by e-mail at:
  • Cinema
    The 260-seat cinema is the home of the student-programmed Wesleyan Film Series that presents more than 250 film screenings per year, from classics to cult films to new releases. The Cinema is equipped with 16mm and 35mm film projectors as well as slide projectors for lectures.
  • Crowell Concert Hall
    The Crowell Concert Hall, the largest concert facility on campus, is home to the Crowell Concert Hall Series, the Wesleyan University Orchestra, the Ebony Singers, the Wesleyan Singers, the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, and WESWinds, as well as student recitals and other events. The intimate and elegant hall seats 414 and features a new state-of-the-art sound system.
  • CFA Theater
    The CFA Theater is the setting for Theater and Dance department faculty and student productions and performances. In addition, Outside the Box and Breaking Ground events are presented here. The proscenium theater features a versatile stage and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
  • Theater and Dance Studios
    The Theater and Dance Studios house the dance studio and support facilities for the CFA Theater (costume shop, scene shop, dressing rooms) in addition to classrooms and faculty offices for both departments.
  • World Music Hall
    The World Music Hall, a non-Western performance space with various seating capacities, was built to house the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, a Javanese orchestra composed of numerous gongs, metallophones and other percussion instruments. The hall provides a venue for various world music events as well as student recitals.
  • Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
    Zilkha Gallery is dedicated to presenting innovative contemporary art in various mediums with a particular emphasis on site-specific and site-oriented installations. The gallery also shows the work of the faculty and students. Read More...
  • Wesleyan Cinema Archives

    The Wesleyan Cinema Archives provide a home for the University’s growing collections related to motion picture and television history. Committed to the care and preservation of paper materials, photographs, and memorabilia, the Archives contain a connoisseur’s collection of artists whose careers reflect unique aspects of cinema. Traditionally, the Archives do not include moving-image materials, though some of the collections do contain such items. The Cinema Archives are adjacent to the Center for the Arts. They are open Monday – Friday, 9:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Scholars, students, and other researchers working on bona fide topics are invited to call or write to schedule appointments and to inquire about the materials.

    For more information, contact: Joan Miller at 860-685-3395 or

  • Davison Art Center
    The Davison Art Center, located at 301 High Street, houses a collection of about 25,000 objects. Renowned for its holdings of nearly 18,000 prints by European and American artists, Wesleyan’s print collection is one of the two or three most important at an American university. The collection also includes about 6,000 photographs and smaller holdings of drawings, paintings, objects from Japan, Africa, and elsewhere, as well as a pewter collection. The DAC is attached to the historic Alsop House. Built in 1840, the Alsop House is one of the most distinguished monuments of the pre-Civil War period. This building and homes such as the Russell House are said to have led Charles Dickens to refer to High Street as "the finest street in America." A number of features of the Alsop House interior are reproduced in the Neo-Classical Gallery in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read More...
  • Theater

    The ’92 Theater was the original University Library, built in 1868. Donations by alumni from the class of 1892 funded renovation of the building after Olin Memorial Library opened in 1928. It now houses Second Stage, the student-run theater organizations that present numerous productions throughout the year. In addition, Theater and Dance department events are presented there.

    For more information on the Theater Department contact: Kris McQueeney at 860-685-2096 or