Arts & Culture

Art, music, theatre and dance

Enjoy concerts, performances and art exhibitions on the New College campus.


Under the artistic direction of the faculty in Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, [performance@NewCollege] provides opportunities for members of the campus community to act in theatrical productions or work behind the scenes in costumes, sets, lighting and sound.

Mellon Community Engagement Series

Join us for a series of events sponsored by the Mellon Foundation New College + the Cross College Alliance in the Community Grant, supporting the preservation of local history, integration of social and racial justice work into artistic practice and teaching, and exploration of questions of special interest to the local community.

More art, music, theatre and dance!

New Music New College

New Music New College produces a series of participatory, contemporary music concerts that attract musicians from around the world and introduce audiences to the beautiful, riotous and unpredictable sense of discovery in this style of cutting-edge music.

Sarasota Contemporary Dance

Sarasota Contemporary Dance partners frequently with New College to offer contemporary dance classes, workshops and performances for students, faculty, staff and the local community in Sarasota and Bradenton.

Sarasota Museums & Theaters

Sarasota is not only famous for its beaches, but a plethora of arts and cultural institutions!

Stages on Campus

Mildred Sainer Fine Arts Complex

Built around a central courtyard, this quadrangle of buildings is the heart of music, sculpture and the fine arts on campus. The 257-seat auditorium is used for music, theater and dance performances by students and visiting artists. The art and sculpture buildings include a print-making studio/arts lab with Mac computers and peripherals, plus woodworking and welding shops. Music students have access to the latest computer technology and software.

Black Box Theater

The Black Box Theater, located within Hamilton Center, is a flexible performance space seats approximately 50 people. Intended first and foremost as a creative space for students, the theater’s movable stage platforms make it possible to adapt the space in a number of configurations, from seating in the round to more conventional theater-styles. True to its name, the windowless space offers the opportunity to present works in near-total darkness.

Studying Visual and Performing Arts

From Art to Music to Theatre, Dance and Performance studies, explore the many visual and performing arts majors (we call them Areas of Concentration).

Artworks on Campus

Our campus is the site of multiple artworks, thanks to creative projects from professors and students in the art program, commissions made possible by Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, community donations and the recuperation of historic buildings.