American Shakespeare Center Wins Forbes Center's 2016 Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award
The Havana Cuba All-Stars bring the music of their rich culture to America for the first time!
Renowned British actor Julian Sands delivers a solo tour-de-force in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter"
Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!
History of the Forbes Center
The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is transforming the performing arts at James Madison University. Classroom, rehearsal and performance spaces for JMU’s award-winning theatre, dance and music programs are enriching learning opportunities and now provide the potential for state-of-the-art production values to match. The result is an educational experience for students and an unforgettable experience for audiences.
Time-lapse video offers view of history (June 4, 2010) — Now that construction of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts has been completed, a time-lapse video offers a view of history.
Celebrating transformation (Posted: Oct. 28, 2010) — A plaque commemorating the JMU Alumni Association’s gift of $500,000 to support the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts by naming the Alumni Association Arts Courtyard is now in place. Madison’s visual and performing artists enrich life for countless others, and the Alumni Association is proud to honor their endeavors. LEARN MORE
Alumni Arts Courtyard Honors Madison Experience (Posted: Sept. 14, 2010) — The JMU Alumni Association donated $500,000 to support the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts by naming the Alumni Arts Courtyard at the entrance of the Forbes Center. The courtyard honors the Madison Experience and Madison’s long tradition of excellence in art, dance, music and theater education. LEARN MORE
JMU Announces Performing Arts Center Seat Naming Campaign (March 20, 2008) — JMU donors may now enhance the transformation of Madison’s performing arts programs by underwriting seats in two premier venues in the new performing arts center. LEARN MORE
JMU Welcomes Largest-Ever Gift (March 14, 2008) — Longtime JMU supporters Bruce and Lois Forbes have given the university the largest gift in the institution’s 100-year history. Their gift will name the performing arts center. At the same luncheon where the Forbes’ gift was recognized, a generous gift from Dick and Shirley Hanson Roberts was announced, also for the performing arts center. LEARN MORE
Donor, pianos and professor make perfect harmony (March 5, 2008) — When Elizabeth Swallow called professor Eric Ruple and asked for piano lessons, what happened next could only be described as perfect harmony. LEARN MORE
Gifts bolster performing arts center (January 28, 2008) — A number of sizable gifts totaling $5.8 million have bolstered efforts to reach the $10 million in essential private funding needed for the future performing arts center, which broke ground in ... LEARN MORE
Rain falls, spirits soar at PAC groundbreaking (Oct. 26, 2007) — JMU President Linwood H. Rose and Dr. Marilou M. Johnson ('80), interim dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, joined major supporters in the groundbreaking to celebrate the center and ... LEARN MORE
A new partnership portends a time for the arts (March 2005) — JMU President Linwood H. Rose and Dr. Marilou M. Johnson ('80), interim dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, joined major supporters in the groundbreaking to celebrate the center and ... LEARN MORE