We are thrilled to welcome you to our 5th anniversary season, filled with performances, talks, and workshops by some of the finest artists of our time.

We are grateful to all the audiences and artists who have made The Arts Center their home to explore new artistic conversations. A place for risks and for discovery. A place to Come Curious, and Leave Inspired.

In the spirit of the Year of Tolerance, The Arts Center’s 2019-20 season’s theme is Connection. We bring diverse people together through shared artistic experiences which celebrate our unique traditions as well as our common humanity. And we celebrate artists whose work bridges disciplines and traditions to create new and uniquely personal hybrids.

Through electric programming and inventive opportunities for collaboration, The Arts Center fosters creativity and creates platforms to cultivate emerging artistic voices. Our deepening relationship with the local and global arts communities speaks to the role of NYU Abu Dhabi as a place that supports and develops innovative work by artists from the UAE and from around the world. In our first 5 years, we’ve commissioned 21 new pieces, many of which have toured the globe.

We believe that the arts are for everyone, and that they create new ways of seeing and understanding the world. Visiting artists become deeply embedded in the University’s interdisciplinary academic mission, through performances, classroom visits, workshops, panel discussions, and informal interactions. More importantly, during their residencies, artists become part of our community of thinkers, makers and doers, and part of the growing history of the performing arts on Saadiyat Island. All of you who engage in The Arts Center’s events are essential to giving our work meaning.

The business community of the UAE has embraced our mission. We’re grateful to the lead sponsors, Mubadala and ADCB, who have joined NYUAD to invest in the development of performing arts in the UAE. We are also appreciative of our sustainer sponsors and media partners for their ongoing support. Deep thanks.

As we begin this milestone season, we look forward to continuing our journey together.

Bill Bragin
Executive Artistic Director

Mission & Vision

Showcasing music, theater, dance, film, poetry, family programs, and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions. The Arts Center draws on the resources of the University to create a dynamic space for research, investigation, and the active pursuit of knowledge and wisdom for audiences as well as visiting artists.

Excellence, collaboration, creativity, accessibility, innovation, respect, and understanding are the core values that govern The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

As a place that both presents and develops work, The Arts Center acts as a vibrant laboratory for performance that fosters a dynamic relationship between the arts, scholarship, and community. It serves NYU Abu Dhabi with compelling programming that connects to the curriculum, using the arts to illuminate and enliven the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty. It hosts a range of public programs that draw residents of Abu Dhabi to the campus, animating and enriching the cultural life of both the city and the University.

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi strives to be a beacon on the international arts landscape, firmly rooted in the region but with a global reach, all the while embedded in the University and welcoming the local community.