Center for the Arts joins College of Liberal Arts and Education

July 19, 2013

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Center for the Arts

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts joined the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education on July 1. The CFA was previously a part of UW-Platteville Student Affairs.

“We are excited to join the College of Liberal Arts and Education,” said Michael Breitner, director of arts facilities and series at UW-Platteville, who oversees the CFA and Nohr Gallery and provides programming for the Performing Arts Series and Nohr Gallery exhibitions each year. “This will create a closer relationship with the primary users of the facility – the College of LAE’s performing and visual arts faculty members. With a more academic focus, we can begin to pay more attention to issues that critically affect academic programming, including space allocation and equipment replacement as well as deferred maintenance and repair.”

Dr. Elizabeth Throop, dean of the College of LAE, agreed. “The decision to include the CFA in the College of LAE makes institutional sense because all of the faculty members who work in the CFA are from the College of LAE, teaching courses in performing and visual arts, including music and theatre,” she said.

“The mission of the CFA is to provide a professional performing arts environment for students to learn about the arts through performance and classroom learning while also facilitating campus performing arts cultural activities and providing quality performing arts cultural opportunities for the community and region,” Throop explained. “Having the CFA join the College of LAE will enable the college to provide the CFA with the support it needs to carry out that mission.”

The CFA is home to two performance spaces, the 565-seat Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall and a 200-seat, flexible theatre. In addition to the performance venues, the CFA has two music rehearsal rooms, scene shop, costume shop and group and individual dressing rooms.

“The CFA is a hybrid building in that it is an academic space as well as a community resource space,” said Breitner. “It has a dual role, one serving the university community and one serving the broader community. The CFA provides academic services for faculty and students on the university campus and it also provides cultural and entertainment programs for community members in Southwest Wisconsin and beyond.”

“An important part of the university’s strategic plan calls for the university to enrich the tri-state region by serving as the driving force behind its cultural, economic and educational development,” Breitner continued. “As part of the College of LAE, the CFA will be instrumental in helping carry this out as it continues striving to provide high quality, cultural and entertainment programs for our students, community and region.”

Contact: Michael Breitner, director of arts facilities and series, Center for the Arts, (608) 342-2787, breitnerm@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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