University of Texas Performing Arts Center
The University of Texas Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a collective of six theaters operated by The University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts. The theaters are the Bass Concert Hall, McCullough Theater, Bates Recital Hall, Hogg Memorial Auditorium, B. Iden Payne Theater and Oscar Brockett Theater. Theaters range in size from the Oscar G. Brockett Theater, which has 200 seats, to the Bass Concert Hall, which seats 3,000. In addition to the theaters, the PAC also has offices and meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces and shops which are located in the PAC building and across the campus. PAC provides students an opportunity to interact with professionals in staging events and performing arts and extends an opportunity to the surrounding community to participate in all-age programs.
The Center was first opened in 1981. Between 1992 and January, 2008, the Center was directed by Pebbles Wadsworth, who was declared an Honorary Texan in 1987 for her contributions through PAC. Under Wadsworth's supervision, in 2002 PAC launched its multicultural ArtesAméricas program in conjunction with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Wadsworth conceived of the program in response to a 1998 request by former University of Texas president Larry Faulkner to "strengthen ties between the United States and Latin America." Among other activities, the program facilitates performances by Latin American artists across the United States, at the PAC and at the 52 institutions that partner it.
The Burleson Bells are located in a monument just outside the Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. The bells were donated to the University of Texas at Austin as part of an anonymous gift by Albert Sidney Burleson. They were moved to their present location in 1981.
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