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The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi offers NYUAD compelling programming that connects to the curriculum and illuminates the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. Its range of public programs aim to animate and enrich the cultural life of both Abu Dhabi and the university through interaction.
As a vibrant laboratory for performance that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and community. The Arts Center presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.
The Arts Center's facilities include a complex of theaters and performance venues, a project space gallery (overseen by the NYUAD Art Gallery), rehearsals rooms, film editing studios, classrooms, and workshops that houses NYU Abu Dhabi’s Theater, Music, Film, Visual Arts, and New Media Studies departments.
The Arts Center's largest venue is suitable for music, dance, theater, or film.
A flexible space with full lighting and PA capabilities, the Black Box can accommodate a wide range of configurations for music, dance, theater, and multi-disciplinary performance, with capacity varying depending on layout.
This intimate 150-person capacity concert hall features a sprung wood floor stage and digital projection for film and video and is ideal for concerts, small scale dance performances, readings, and more.
Perfect for film screenings, artist talks, and panel discussions, this 60-seat screening room features state of the art Dolby digital projection and sound.
A dramatic space of nearly 1,100 square feet, the lobby provides a warm welcome to visitors and is available for pre- and post performance receptions.
This exhibition space is dedicated to NYUAD community projects and is supported by museum-trained staff of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. The Project Space gives priority to exhibitions of the academic community, such as the annual Capstone Festival, semester-end exhibitions of student works, and faculty-curated exhibitions.