The UCF College of Arts & Humanities will kick off a lecture series March 12 in support of the university’s planned Performing Arts Center.

Jeffrey Kimpton, president of Michigan’s Interlochen Center for the Arts, will discuss how such a center at UCF can be a community hub for the arts. His talk, “Temple, Forum or Innovation Zone?” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Orlando Repertory Theatre at Loch Haven Park, 1001 E. Princeton St.

Kimpton leads the Interlochen Center’s internationally distinguished programs in arts education, public broadcasting and presentations. He has a 36-year record of leadership as a teacher and administrator in K-12 schools, director of education for Yamaha Corporation of America, director of public engagement at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute, and director and professor of the School of Music at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

The Performing Arts Center is a fund-raising priority for the university and is one of President John C. Hitt’s top initiatives. The center’s second phase will feature a 600-seat Concert Hall, 520-seat Proscenium Theatre and two additional performance spaces with 263 and 225 seats

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, so reservations can be arranged by contacting [email protected] or 407-823-1194.

This event is hosted by the UCF College of Arts & Humanities and sponsored by the UCF Foundation Inc. in partnership with the UCF College of Education.

For more information about the UCF Performing Arts Center and how to contribute to Phase II, visit http://foundation.cah.ucf.edu/pac.php.