UCCS and community partners to celebrate opening of Ent Center for the Arts

Michelle Winchell, UCCS Presents, (719) 255-3114, mwinchel@uccs.edu Jared Verner, UCCS, (719) 255-3732, (970) 901-6776, jverner@uccs.edu
Interior of the Shockley-Zalabak Theater at the Ent Center for the Arts
Interior of the Shockley-Zalabak Theater at the Ent Center for the Arts

COLORADO SPRINGS – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ Ent Center for the Arts, a 92,000-square-foot building with multiple performance and gallery spaces, will conduct its grand-opening gala Feb. 3. Public tickets for the gala remain available for purchase. University and community dignitaries will participate in dedication ceremonies throughout the event.

The Ent Center for the Arts opened for classes and client use Jan. 16. The facility features four performance spaces, a gallery and a public sculpture program with installations both inside the building and on the grounds. The center also houses faculty and staff offices, classrooms, individual practice rooms and group rehearsal spaces.

The gala will feature UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy, CU President Bruce Benson, members of the CU Board of Regents and local leaders in a dedication ceremony for each major venue. Once the spaces have been formally dedicated, performances will take place throughout the building, culminating in a performance by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater. Other featured performers include the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Theatreworks, UCCS Music Program and UCCS Theatre and Dance Program. Tickets to the gala are on sale at uccs.edu/entgala.

“We’re so excited to be a new resource and destination for the arts in the Pikes Peak region,” said Aisha Ahmad-Post, director, Ent Center for the Arts. “With over 160 productions already scheduled this spring, ranging from student shows to performances by regional arts organizations and even nationally acclaimed artists, we’re hitting the ground running and look forward to welcoming the community into the Ent Center for this incredible inaugural season.”

The Ent Center has already proven popular with community arts organizations. The MacLaren Society, composed of the performing arts faculty of Thomas MacLaren School, will be the first to perform in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater Jan. 19. They will be followed by Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Imagination Celebration, and Starz Theater Company. The Ent Center will also be the new home for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s Al and Leigh Buettner Vanguard Performances.

The inaugural spring season for the programs of UCCS Presents opens Feb. 1 with “Floyd D. Tunson: Janus,” a new body of work by critically-acclaimed artist Floyd D. Tunson at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art. The Artist Series opens Feb. 10 with Keigwin + Company, a contemporary dance company, in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater and acclaimed pianist Seong-Jin Cho in the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall Feb. 28. Theatreworks will open “Oklahoma!” in the new Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater Feb. 15.

Tickets for spring 2018 events at the Ent Center can be purchased at uccspresents.org.

UCCS Presents supports arts, culture, and community for UCCS and the Pikes Peak region. Its professional arts programs are Theatreworks, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, and the Artist Series, a new dance and music series which debuts at the Ent Center for the Arts in February 2018. The University Center and Events Services provide support for these programs, as well as events across campus, while cultivating a welcoming environment for students to engage in diverse activities.
For more information, visit uccspresents.org.

The Ent Center for the Arts is a 92,000 square-foot performing and visual arts complex at UCCS. It will provide a multi-dimensional, multi-venue artistic hub for UCCS and the region.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 45 bachelor’s, 23 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.