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The Fine Arts Center in Amherst offers a variety of stellar performing arts, visual arts, and education programs which create a unique opportunity to experience the arts in the Pioneer Valley.Start your trip to Amherst by creating a personalized itinerary on Klarna Trips.
Performing arts specialties for the Center Series include classical music, jazz, world music, popular music, traditional, classical and modern dance, theater, and family programming representing artists from around the globe. The Asian Arts & Culture Program presents artists from throughout the Asian and Middle Eastern Diaspora. The Solos & Duos/Magic Triangle Series present artists within the avant-garde jazz idiom. The Fine Arts Center gives western MA residents, students and families the opportunity to experience the best in music and performance art within their community.
Visual arts are presented through the Hampden and Augusta Savage Galleries, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Each of these spaces on the UMass Amherst Campus promote artistic works from a broad spectrum of cultures focusing on issues of race, ethnicity, class, and cultural identity, to reflect current practices in contemporary art across all genres, and offer a multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art.
The FAC provides education programs that deepen appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the arts making it a critical site for experiential student learning in the arts, creative community engagement, educational collaboration, and artistic exploration. These programs include the Arts Council, Global Arts for School Children, Jazz in July and Lively Arts.
Combined, these programs fulfill the mission of the FAC and the University to provide affordable access to high quality arts programming, through engagement in public service that advances knowledge and improves lives.
Established in 1975.
The Fine Arts Center (FAC) in Amherst opened as a campus concert center and art gallery in 1975, and has since earned a local reputation as a central force in the cultural, social and academic life of this western Massachusetts community. Over the years, the FAC has played a unique role in serving the broad cultural and educational needs of the campus, the Five College Consortium, and regional communities in the Pioneer Valley.
Over the years the FAC's role in western MA has evolved into much more than just a venue for the arts. Each season, an average of 80 - 90 exhibitions, music, dance, and theater events are programmed along with educational and residency activities that include master classes, lectures, demonstrations and pre- and post-performance discussions, open to the western MA community.
Since 1993 the Asian Arts and Culture Program has ensured that community residents have access to performers and artists beyond the traditions of western art, music and culture.
UMass Fine Arts Center reviews
Been to a few concerts here and it really is a great place to see a show. However, be aware, if you are early there is only 1, yes 1, bathroom available in the lobby. All other bathrooms are on the.... more
Been to a few concerts here and it really is a great place to see a show. However, be aware, if you are early there is only 1, yes 1, bathroom available in the lobby. All other bathrooms are on the.... more »
we were not enthused with our experience as you have to walk to park and not good when it's cold snowy or rainy weather. the people running it were great and the high-light of being there, but the...
we were not enthused with our experience as you have to walk to park and not good when it's cold snowy or rainy weather. the people running it were great and the high-light of being there, but the... more »
I have been to both the main hall and the chamber music hall for several concerts. The sound and seating are fine. The exterior of the building looks is both ugly and of poor quality: stark bare...
I have been to both the main hall and the chamber music hall for several concerts. The sound and seating are fine. The exterior of the building looks is both ugly and of poor quality: stark bare... more »
Fantastic venue that is well organized and surprisingly large. The venue fit hundreds of people and had very good acoustics. The staff are also friendly and professional. Always a good visit.
Great facility to hold an event... would like to see a show here. Very spacious and secure.
UMass/Amherst has FANTASTIC, world-class facilities @ The Fine Arts Center.
Max Richter played live in October, and the UMass Fine Arts Center did a great job of hosting his performance. The auditorium is quite large. The seats are nice. The sound travels well. Overall. The center seems clean. There were refreshments available that were good. The seats are easy to find and access the way the UMass fine arts center was built. I recommend this place for a romantic date night for a good classical concert or dance performance.
The building is beautiful, and they have a lot of fun activities hosted there. I was there for the ballroom team dance lessons provided for free every Monday. The only downside is parking is pretty terrible if you're a commuter. There are maybe 10 spots out back.
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