Center for World Arts

About the Center

University of Florida's Center for World Arts

The CWA links local and global communities expanding the international reach and artistic breadth of UF's academic programs. Recognizing the diverse and interconnected nature of the contemporary world, the Center tests new paradigms of research, curriculum, cultural programming, and public outreach. The CWA seeks to integrate a socio-artistic aesthetic into practice and study of the arts, exploring issues of identity, migration, race, gender and privilege through the lens of the arts. By valuing both unconventional and mainstream cultural practices, and using artistic processes as critical ways of understanding and interpreting the world, the CWA helps to stimulate new modes of learning in the arts. The Center creates and supports programs which offer diverse arts practice and performance opportunities, available to all UF students by audition and for majors in the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance. The Center hosts international artists and researchers in cultural exchange programs; and initiates, sustains, and supports networks of international artists, scholars, and presenters.

Center Highlights

  • 25+ international residencies
  • 200 artists from Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the U.S. 
  • Creation of classes in Guinean dance, Ghanaian dance, African contemporary dance, capoeira, Brazilian Samba, Argentine Tango, Bharata Natyam, Odissi, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Chinese traditional dance, T'ai Chi, and others.
  • Convened or contributed to 12 major symposia/conferences, notably "Movement (R)Evolution Dialogues," and "Staging Identity: Latin American Music and Dance."
  • Co-presented over 50 concerts of its affiliated student ensembles, Jacaré Brazil and Agbedidi Africa.
  • Produced two prize winning films: NORA and Movement (R)Evolution Africa: a story of an art form in four acts, which have been officially selected for over 250 festivals around the world and broadcast on PBS, ARTE, NRK and ZDF, among others.