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The Center for the Arts is where art is made and experienced at the University at Buffalo.

Pay us a visit, and you’ll find there’s always something happening at the UBCFA! We’re the university’s arts hub, where artists and art lovers find inspiration, education and community.

We also welcome some of the biggest names in arts and entertainment—and host performances, concerts and exhibitions that showcase the remarkable talent of UB’s student artists. The entire Buffalo community is always invited to join us. Browse our site to find out what’s coming up next—or subscribe to our email list and never miss a thing! 

Featured Events and Exhibitions

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Eddie B. "Teachers Only Comedy Tour 21-22"

August 20, 2022
8 p.m.

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An Evening with 10,000 Maniacs featuring Mary Ramsey

October 1, 2022
8 p.m.

taylor tomlinson standing in front of theatre chairs wearing a dress.

Taylor Tomlinson: The Have It All Tour

October 21, 2022
7 p.m.

Highlights

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How Art Gets Made

Twelfth Night

In our UBCFA How Art Gets Made series, Department of Theatre and Dance cast members take us behind the scenes of the play Twelfth Night.

Arts Collaboratory

Homegrown Spring 2022

Great art needs rich, fertile soil to grow. Here in Buffalo, there’s plenty to be found. This Spring, the Arts Collaboratory wants us to open our eyes to all the wonders around us. Because as any artist will tell you, more often than not, their best work is HOMEGROWN.

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Art in the open logo.

Center for the Arts

Art in the Open

We welcomed audiences back at this annual event that showcases music, dance, theatre, film and visual art that is made at UB. “Seeing all of the creative activity in the open highlights UB’s vast offering of programs and the artistry of our students and faculty. Art in the Open is an invitation for everyone, both the UB and Western New York communities, to come and explore the incredible artistic work that is created here.” – Jamie M. Enser, Executive Director, Center for the Arts

How Art Gets Made

ART IN THE ATRIUM: FINDING A HOME IN THE CFA

Art in the Atrium captures the performances and activities that take place around the clock in our gorgeous, light-filled atrium.

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Arts Collaboratory

The City Talks to Itself, Part 2

The conversation never stops, and this spring, the Arts Collaboratory’s street art installation, The City Talks to Itself continues to evolve. Beloved Buffalo street artists Johny Chow and Mickey Harmon have added new works to the walls of the Center for the Arts' atrium. Mickey’s mural, City of No Illusions, is a tribute to our city, while Johny brings the radical vibe of Buffalo’s street art indoors with incisive commentaries on capitalism and corporate culture in his piece Chow Monstro.

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