University of Arizona
University of Arizona

Arizona Arts

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The College of Fine Arts is at the center of an exciting, new division at the University of Arizona and at the center of a strategic plan that is elevating the arts throughout the campus and in the community.

The division, Arizona Arts, is led by CFA Dean Andrew Schulz. In 2019, he was named the inaugural Vice President for the Arts and charged with carrying out the reimagined vision for the arts at the University of Arizona. The arts are a significant part of the Arizona Advantage pillar of the University’s strategic plan. The plan calls on the division to integrate the arts throughout the university experience and beyond.

Arizona Arts serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership for programs and arts-based research on and off campus. The division comprised of the college’s four academic units — School of Art, School of Dance, School of Music, and School of Theatre, Film & Television – plus, engagement and presenting units, Arizona Arts Live, Center for Creative Photography and the University of Arizona Museum of Art.

“Arts, culture and humanities are central to the development of creativity and they are key to our success in achieving the bold goals outlined in our strategic plan,” said Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. “The university is uniquely positioned to leverage the arts to advance creativity-based education, innovative research and community engagement. Ultimately, our goal is to celebrate the diverse richness of our region and share it with the world.”

The Arizona Arts Master Plan was approved by university leadership in March of 2020. Phase One began with renovations and upgrades to the School of Art and the Center for Creative Photography. Renovations to the Marroney Theatre began Oct. 24, 2022. The plan will be the roadmap for realizing the facilities transformation that are essential for the success of the arts initiative in the university strategic plan.