Each year, the Arty Party showcases fine and performing arts programs in the College of Arts and Sciences: visual arts, creative writing, dance, music, and theatre. Proceeds from the evening provide funds to establish scholarships and support academic needs in UA’s fine and performing arts programs. Since its inception in 2003, the Arty Party has raised more than $270,000 for the College’s fine and performing art departments.
The 2018 Arty Party Gala will benefit the Performing Arts Academic Center building project, which will house UA’s department of theatre and dance.
Spotlight on the Performing Arts Academic Center
The department of theatre and dance is nationally recognized as a leader in the performing arts. Our outstanding faculty attract some of the nation’s most talented students to our programs, which include degrees in acting; costume design and production; scenic, lighting and sound design as well as technical direction, musical theatre, directing, and dance performance. Students audition for their place in these programs and perform in as many as eight major theatre productions, six major dance productions, the month-long SummerTide Theatre in Gulf Shores, and a number of one-time performances ranging from full-scale roadhouse productions in major Alabama cities to Off Broadway shows in New York each year.
The department’s facilities, however, date back to 1956 and have not had any substantial renovations in 60 years. Plans are underway to build a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Academic Center on the former Bryce Hospital property to ensure that our facilities match our students’ talent. The new Performing Arts Academic Center, which will connect to the restored Bryce Main, will feature four performance venues for theatre and dance. The main hospital building is being renovated to include a University welcome center, a reception venue, faculty offices and rehearsal space, as well as museums dedicated to both University history and the history of mental health in Alabama.
The University of Alabama needs to raise $15 million in private donations to build the center. As of December 14, the campaign has raised more than $6.3 million.