The new event marks a night of creativity and collaboration in elevating the arts at Notre Dame.
Welcoming. Inclusive. Interactive. After the July 2017 Presenting Series season launch party, these became the goals for introducing the creative hub that is the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) to the greater South Bend-Elkhart region. By partnering with the Center’s other leading presenters of the performing and cinematic arts, a new event held in August, Arts Night Out, would showcase a more extensive array of arts organizations and their activities that enliven the Center.
This free event welcomes the public to experience the Center’s many spaces and the creativity that takes place within them, in unexpected ways. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., August 11 at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Arts Night Out takes place both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.
Guests will connect with participating arts organizations throughout the evening, including:
- DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Browning Cinema
- Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre
- Notre Dame Department of Music
- Program in Sacred Music at Notre Dame
- Shakespeare at Notre Dame
- South Bend Symphony Orchestra
- South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra
- Southold Dance Theater
Arts Night Out features booths, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments including a signature complimentary cocktail in the spacious lobby. At 7 p.m. the action moves from the lobby to the Leighton Concert Hall where Ted Barron, the Center’s executive director, and Sean Martin, associate director of programming and engagement, lead a short and fast-paced program of 2018–2019 Presenting Series highlights.
Afterward, everyone is invited to continue to “sip and stroll” the open house with more time to visit booths plus enjoy attractions or live mini-performances in the Browning Cinema, Patricia George Decio Theatre, Philbin Studio Theatre, and the outdoor Terrace nestled between the Center’s south doors and Irish Green.
“We are excited to partner with the University’s academic arts departments—our neighbors, colleagues, and collaborators at DPAC—as well as the Center’s community arts partners in a way that furthers the shared goal of bringing this community together through the arts,” said Martin.
Whether a new visitor or a long-time patron of a participating organization, Arts Night Out is an opportunity to view the area’s arts scene and the Center with new appreciation. Many may be surprised to find that the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is a place where anything can happen—from auditions to world premieres—the sky’s the limit.
With creativity, connection, and community building at the forefront of the night, Arts Night Out is made to appeal to everyone throughout one single night on the town.