The newly renovated Collins Center for the Arts is the on-campus destination for national and international performing artists, touring Broadway productions and more.
The University of Maine is the cultural hub of eastern Maine — home to the area’s premier performing arts center and rich resources in visual art, music, dance and theater.
Take a bow
For many students, the performing arts take center stage. The Maine Masque drama club presents one main stage production a year. The School of Performing Arts stages concerts, recitals and plays throughout the academic year. Recent highlights include “Avenue Q” (pictured), “Hair” and a major production of the classic opera “The Marriage of Figaro.” Dance minors present the Spring Dance Concert, while students from all academic backgrounds take part in the International Dance Festival.
For the 2010 Met Costume Institute Gala, pop star Katy Perry wanted to light up the night. Literally. So she called on CuteCircuit, a London-based design house co-owned by UMaine alumnus Ryan Genz.
“Mentally, I still go back to that state, of being in Maine, or UMaine, and it is still inspiring,” Genz says. “It has never failed to make me think in new ways and produce more focused or startling ideas.”
One thing our students always say? “I’m surprised how much there is to do here.”
On campus, you can belt it out at karaoke, take in a first-run movie or laugh it up with the likes of Bob Marley. Off campus, the Bangor waterfront is a destination for live music, including the KahBang Festival (pictured).
One of the highlights of the spring semester at UMaine is the International Dance Festival, which showcases the rich cultural traditions of UMaine’s global community — more than 400 international students hail from 84 countries.
The Lord Hall Art Gallery showcases the work of students, faculty and guest artists. The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor houses works from UMaine’s permanent collection — think Warhol and Picasso — and exhibits from well-known contemporary artists. The Hudson Museum houses a wealth of artifacts and antiquities, including a world-class collection of pre-Columbian artifacts and objects central to Maine’s Native American history.