The UNLV Performing Arts Center considers the creation of outstanding educational programs in the arts as a major part of its mission, primarily because the arts are an important part of life experiences and also because we are a division of the community-engaged UNLV College of Fine Arts. Support our efforts to enrich young people's lives in Southern Nevada.

Educational Programs

The Performing Arts Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is the original home of arts and cultural programming in Southern Nevada. Located on the northeast corner of the university campus, the center is normally bustling with activity nearly every day of the year. 

During the pandemic-related closures, we kept the lights on and livestreamed the talents of students from the College of Fine Arts; then, we were one of the first venues in Las Vegas to open our doors to the public and partnered with the UNLV School of Music to present some of the first-in person concerts in more than a year.

In the Spring of 2022 and continuing into our 46th season (2022-23), we’ve relaunched traditional in-person programming and continued to add educational activities to the schedules of the artists that visit and perform for us. In Spring 2022, classical guitarists Johan Smith and The Romeros Quartet have and will work with students of UNLV’s guitar program–offering them the chance to learn from some of the best in the world. Our 2022-2023 season will be full of amazing opportunities for students from around the valley to learn.

The UNLV Performing Arts Center also assists other departments within the College of Fine Arts with their educational programs for Clark County School Students, including student matinees offered by the Nevada Conservatory Theatre and Dance Day offered by the UNLV Department of Dance.

Guitar student and instructor

A Home for the Arts

In addition to arts education programming, the Performing Arts Center also hosts many other activities for local youth, including performances by Theatreworks USA and the Clark County School District. The performance spaces we manage also serve as laboratories for UNLV student artists.

Students with guitars
Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child logo

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child in Southern Nevada is a community-wide initiative to expand arts education and ensure equity and access to the arts for all students in grades K-8. Under the leadership of the Kennedy Center, communities like ours have created specific goals to ensure all students have the opportunity to experience and be inspired in a variety of arts disciplines through arts education taught by specialists, in-school performances, and opportunities to attend arts performances and experiences in the community. In partnership with the Clark County School District, local arts organizations and artists have joined together to Ensure the Arts for Any Given Child in Southern Nevada. The UNLV Performing Arts Center is a proud member of the Community Arts Team of this initiative.