Our Mission

UMD Symphony Orchestra, backstage

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center transforms lives through sustained engagement with the arts.

  • The Clarice Smith Center is, first and foremost, a place for learning, exploration and growth.
  • We believe that great work happens both on-stage and off-stage.
  • Diverse perspectives from diverse peoples are vital to our purpose.
  • Artists create value for our programs when they are both skilled at — and committed to — engaging the community in opportunities for learning, exploration and growth.
  • We are committed to presenting unfamiliar, unpredictable and developing work.
  • We value big experiences more than big numbers.
  • Not only has our audience chosen us, we've chosen them — the work we value attracts people who share our vision and take risks with us.