Fine Arts Center Names New Director of Center Series Programming

Aaron Shackelford
Aaron Shackelford

The Fine Arts Center has named Aaron Shackelford as its new director of programming for the Center Series.

Shackelford comes to the center from Carolina Performing Arts, based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While he was there, he developed diverse, innovative programming and created residencies and educational events, featuring artists from the world over, that appealed equally to kindergartners, college students and lifelong learners.

He brings a collaborative approach to both programming and outreach.

“I look forward to the FAC being a home,” he says, “not just for me but for all the artists who come here and for the faculty, students and community members joining us for performances. I believe that a university arts venue should be a hub for creativity and inspiration, a place for conversations that don’t always happen in our everyday lives, and an environment where you can think differently and encounter both the familiar and the new. I hope to encourage

meaningful conversations and experiences here. I’m excited about getting to know everyone who has already made the FAC a welcoming, exciting space. I’m also ready to do my part to bring in new friends to meet the artists and enjoy our events in the seasons ahead.”

Begun in 1975, the Center Series was one of the two original programs of the Fine Arts Center (along with the University Gallery, now UMCA). The Center Series endeavors to offer the finest in world culture through an international performing arts series covering dance, jazz, chamber music, orchestras, popular events and Broadway.