Arts in Our Hearts. As you might expect from a creative place like the University of Maine at Farmington, we’re home to a vibrant arts scene that gives participants and observers alike a great opportunity to get involved.
UMF, and indeed the greater Farmington area, is considered the cultural center of the region.
With an active local and campus community of artists, musicians, poets, actors, writers, filmmakers, improv comics and more, the University has hosted performances by nationally and internationally known musicians, dance troupes, and comedians; exhibits by renowned artists; readings by Pulitzer Prize winning poets and renowned authors; and thought-provoking dramas, comedies, and musicals.
Get Your Arts On
The University of Maine at Farmington is home to a wide variety of student-run and community-based arts organizations. UMF also hosts arts events of every kind throughout the year.
UMF Arts District
Nestled alongside Merrill Hall / Nordica Auditorium and the Alumni Theater, UMF’s new Emery Community Arts Center forms a collaborative, multi-discipline, “Arts District” right on campus. The enormous Emery Community Arts Center has multiple gallery / exhibition space, a state-of-the-arts performance space and more.
The UMF Dept. of Sound, Performance, and Visual Inquiry (SPVI) is committed to challenging the contemporary boundaries of the arts. Its innovative interdisciplinary curriculum creates an exciting environment for collaboration and exploration of the arts.
Creativity Without Boundaries
Here, students in all majors (not just those majoring in programs in The Arts) are encouraged and inspired to push the boundaries of their creativity.
They act, direct, write, and stage inspired — and inspiring — theatrical, musical and spoken word performances. They create and produce videos and animations for Pixel Hunter, the annual on-campus student-produced film festival.
They exhibit their original work at the UMF Art Gallery, the Emery Community Arts Center, and at surprise “guerrilla art” installations across campus. They work with the campus community and collaborate with local arts organizations to participate in, publicize and champion arts events on campus and around the Farmington area, year-round.
At UMF, we dare you to dream, to stretch your talents as far as your imagination will allow.