As an administrative unit of the College at Fredonia, the mission of Rockefeller Arts Center is to encourage, facilitate, sponsor and promote high quality events in the fine and performing arts for the benefit of students and the community at large; to support academic arts departments and other users of the facilities by providing operational, technical, public relations and marketing assistance for performances and exhibits in the Center; to oversee the scheduling and operation of the non-dedicated spaces and facilities within the Center; to serve as the College’s presenter of visiting professional performing artists and companies; to coordinate incoming visual arts exhibits; to provide front-of-house services for all public events in the Center; and to support the College’s academic program in arts administration by providing meaningful experiential learning opportunities to qualified students. (Revised, Fall 2001).
Designed by the architectural firm I.M. Pei and Partners and built in 1969, the Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center is a major cultural center for western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Housing a 1,200-seat concert hall, two theatres and two art galleries, Rockefeller Arts Center serves as a showcase for the talented students and faculty in SUNY Fredonia's strong arts programs and as a venue for national and international touring artists.
More than 170 events are presented each year by the center with clients including academic departments, student organizations and community groups. Annual attendance exceeds 50,000 people.
The 120,000 square foot facility houses faculty offices for the Department of Visual Arts and New Media and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as classrooms, rehearsal halls and spacious, well-equipped art studios, dressing rooms, scenery and costume shops.