Programming at UNT on the Square

Guiding Principles

The following is intended as a guide for those contemplating programming at UNT on the Square.

Types of programs and activities:

  • IAA related programs or exhibitions
  • Visual arts exhibitions
  • Arts/Humanities related exhibitions
  • Single day art/humanities events
  • Performing arts events
  • Literary arts events
  • Lectures/seminars
  • Meetings
  • Advancement/public relation events (luncheons, receptions)
  • Social events (receptions, parties, etc.)

Sources of programming:

  • IAA/UNT on the Square generated programs
  • Regular or ongoing UNT departmental programming transferred to UNT on the Square
  • UNT generated programming specifically created for UNT on the Square
  • Program not directly produced by UNT but sponsored/endorsed by a specific College or Department
  • Community collaborations

How programs are identified:

  • Proposals from Deans, Chairs, Faculty, Students, Organizations
  • IAA Director recommendations
  • Programs thematically tied to a larger initiative (past of a series, academic theme etc)
  • Programs that relate to an existing exhibition or event
  • Programs tied to an a major civic or community arts event

Program priorities:

  • Direct relationship to IAA Fellows or artists in residence
  • Current or recent creative work/research by scholars and artists from College of Music, College of Visual Arts and Design, or College of Arts and Sciences
  • Features work by faculty, students or other with direct connection to UNT (alumni, staff, etc)
  • Sponsored/presented by a UNT academic unit (department, college, institute)
  • UNTSQ or IAA partnership with area community arts organizations
  • Rental of space for non academic/arts functions

Criteria for UNT Institute for the Advancement of Arts (IAA) associated exhibitions/programs:

To be considered and approved as an IAA sponsored (or sanctioned) program any given program or exhibition should meet the first three criteria and as many as possible of the remaining:

  • Artistic/academic excellence
  • Appropriateness to the venue
  • Budget/funding elements are in place to carry out and publicize the program
  • Where applicable, the sanction/approval of the appropriate dean, chair, administrator
  • Put forward the results of UNT creative and research efforts
  • The project is directly related to an arts study area at UNT
  • Further the artistic, academic or professional development or credentials of students and faculty
  • Project raises the profile of the presenting entity or adds value to an existing initiative (e.g. a lecture associated with a conference being held at other UNT locations).
  • Over time, exhibitions and programs should reflect a variety of disciplines, media, styles, and points of view
  • Have the potential to engage the non-UNT community
  • Have the potential to cultivate new donors or increased giving by existing supporters