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