These seats have a history
With four state-of-the-art performance spaces, there are more than twelve hundred seats in the University Center for the Arts. These seats find their home in spaces that were once a bustling cafeteria, a gymnasium where creaking bleachers once held hundreds of students, and classrooms packed with wooden desks and chalkboards. For many, the University Center for the Arts building holds memories of their time at Fort Collins High School, an iconic building that served the community for generations.
However, for the last 10 years, the seats in the UCA’s four major performance spaces have played host to thousands of northern Colorado community members, CSU students eager to watch their peers perform, and audience members of all ages, from here in Fort Collins to patrons from abroad.
It is from those seats that the audience is inspired by talented CSU performers and international guest artists. Audience members may attend a performance to be entertained, but they also play a significant role in the education of CSU students.
“The audience provides performers with a community….a community that loves and supports the performing arts and most importantly, our students. The arts are all about community and place making. Without the audience, the performance has no meaning,” shares Dan Goble, director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Be a part of UCA history and Name a Seat
These seats have played a vital part in the history of the UCA. Now in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the University Center for the Arts, these seats will take center stage, going beyond their role of host to thousands of audience members.
The Name a Seat Campaign invites CSU Rams, Fort Collins High School Lambkins, UCA patrons, and friends be a part of the history of this community treasure. With a gift of $250 to a School of Music, Theatre, and Dance scholarship, the donor’s name will be placed on the seat in the theatre of their choice.
Name a Seat gifts support School of Music, Theatre, and Dance scholarships, which helps attract the finest talent to CSU and enables students to pursue their dreams of artistic and academic excellence. By naming a seat, donors make the stage accessible to the next generation of performing arts students.
“Talent-based scholarships provide an incentive for the most talented students to attend CSU in pursuit of artistic and academic excellence. The presence of a core of these students within the overall student body elevates the experience of all students,” explains Goble.
This support has a ripple effect through the student body, making the CSU effect better for everyone.
“A single student can make a difference. For example, the symphony orchestra is only as strong as the principal oboist. A theatre performance is only as strong as the lead,” says Goble.
Naming a seat is easy
Be part of CSU history by naming a seat online today.
- Go online to https://NameaSeat.colostate.edu.
- Choose the theatre and number of seats.
- Personalize by naming the seat after a loved one, a fellow alumni, or the donor. Make it extra special by adding an additional icon denoting a love for music, theatre, dance, or CSU.
- Make an impact by directing the Name a Seat gift to a music, theatre, or dance scholarship.
“Thank you for making it possible for every student in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance to have a conservatory-level performing arts education in a liberal arts setting….all within the state’s land grant institution,” says Goble.
Name a Seat gifts are unrelated to the reservation or purchase of tickets and do not guarantee seating at UCA performances.