In 1988 Yavapai County residents passed a bond that included $6.1 million for construction of a “Center for the Arts”. The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center includes an 1100 seat performance hall, an art gallery, a sculpture garden, and classrooms, which support the visual and performing arts.
The College broke ground in 1990 and was finished in 1992.
On April 26, 1992, the Phoenix Symphony performed at the Grand Opening of the Center, and they have been playing at Yavapai College on a regular basis ever since. In addition, the Center has become the home of the Prescott Pops.
Yavapai College has hosted a variety of nationally renown performers and shows such as Wynton Marsalis, Bill Cosby, The Oakridge Boys, Broadway’s “Cabaret”, The Capitol Steps, Itzhak Perlman, the Texas Tenors, the Smothers Brothers, Garrison Keillor, The Nutcracker Ballet, and tribute bands such as ABBA, the Eagles, and the Beatles, and many more top performers.
In 2011, the College made a major reinvestment to the Center in anticipation of its 20th Anniversary.
In addition to addressing the cosmetic issues that come with age, the College took this opportunity to address some structural issues and to expand the capabilities of the Center. New lighting and sound systems bring the Center to current performance standards and ensure we can host virtually any touring show.
In addition, the College has invested in new audio visual technology which will allow us to feature live events from around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera, Shakespeare from the Globe Theatre in England, the L.A. Philharmonic, and events from Lincoln Center. This same technology will allow the College to feature movies on a regular basis.