Creative Arts Facilities
SOCA’s facilities create an environment that is attractive and conducive to the creative processes of art, communication, theatre, dance and music.
The Mimi & Ian Rolland Art & Visual Communication Center
In the summer of 1998, the University purchased a former Standard Oil property and warehouse which was used from 1890 until the 1970s as a storage facility. The ground surrounding the buildings contained a petroleum product residue. Today, what was once a useless site is now fully clean and serves a vital purpose for the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. The aesthetic qualities found in the renovated 55,000 square foot complex create an environment that is attractive and conducive to the creative process.
The buildings house studio space for all areas of art and communication, exhibition spaces, and professionally equipped video and computer facilities. There are 580 computer outlets in the facility allowing technology to be taken to all areas of the department.
The North Campus facilities house the 500 seat auditorium, dance studio, gallery space and Music Technology classrooms, including computer music labs, a recording studio, and rehearsal spaces.
Performing Arts Center
The USF Performing Arts Center, part of the University’s downtown campus, provides a performance hall with over 2,000 seats for SOCA’s theatrical and musical productions.
Auer Arts Center
The dance program coursework is held at the facilities of Fort Wayne Ballet in at Auer Arts Center, just 2 miles east of the university. The Ballet’s beautiful space in downtown Fort Wayne offers four state-of-the-art rehearsal studios. The Auer Center for Arts & Culture is also home to an art gallery, a coffee shop and bakery, a comfortable lounge area, and ample safe parking.