Opening in Fall 2014, the University of Texas-Pan American Academic and Performing Arts Center is a 14,500 square-foot facility currently under construction. At completion, the center will be the platform for the arts in South Texas. It will continue The University’s initiative started in 1927 and be the cultural center in the region.
The Academic and Performing Arts Center will replace the UTPA’s Fine Arts Complex and Fine Arts Auditorium to offer students, faculty, performers, and the community a state-of-the-art venue. It will also pursue the main vocation of the previous sites, which was to receive outstanding artists, and speakers, serve as the cultural center, and stand as a symbol of the importance of the arts in the Rio Grande Valley.
On November 2012, The UTPA’s Fine Arts Auditorium brought down the curtain on 42 years of numerous performances by UTPA faculty, student music competitions, theater productions, and the Valley Symphony Orchestra. It also staged famous musicians such as pianist Jorge Bolet, the U.S. Army Band, the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, numerous community dance companies, and high school choirs/bands/orchestras. Notable public figures like former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, author Maya Angelou, Michael Dell, Bob Woodward, Dan Rather, Mikhail Gorbachev, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., also left their footprints at the Auditorium.