gordon center
for creative and
performing arts

Coming soon:

Colby’s future home for Theater, Dance, Music, and Film, the Gordon Center will open next year

Scheduled to open in fall 2023, the Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts is the largest academic building project in Colby’s history and will become the most advanced and innovative arts facility in the region. The Gordon Center will be the new home for Colby’s departments of Music, Cinema Studies, and Performance, Theater, and Dance. It will include multipurpose performance space and studios designed for creativity to nurture emerging art forms.

The center is named after the lead donor to the $85-million project, Michael Gordon ’66, a trustee and longtime arts supporter.

“This is a really wonderful day,” Gordon said at the groundbreaking ceremony in fall 2021. “When you take a look around and you see the size of the project we’ve undertaken, it’s pretty amazing. And it’s just going to be fabulous when it opens. I think that within the next couple of years after this is built, it’s going to be the destination for students and the College. This is where they’re going to congregate. It’s perfect. It’s got great space. It’s beautiful, it’s airy, it’s open, and it’s very welcoming.”

Other supporters who have contributed to the arts center include Trustee Marieke Rothschild P’16 and her husband, Jeff Rothschild P’16, as well as Trustee John Lyons ’85, P’22 and Susannah Gray P’22, who serves on the Colby Museum’s Board of Governors.