In just 10 years, Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts has become an international force, presenting the finest cultural attractions in the world. More than 1.5 million people from around the world have experienced more than 500 hundred performances in our acoustically superb theatres.

The eclectic nature of our season is consistent with our mission: to offer a broad range of performances, reach the largest possible number of community members, all-the-while maintaining our status of as the finest performing arts center in Hampton Roads.

Thank you for your continued support. The best is yet to come! Please join us as we raise the curtain on our 9th season!

Our Mission

The mission of the Ferguson Center for the Arts at Christopher Newport University is to enhance and enrich the cultural development and awareness of the University and its constituents in the region by offering cost-effective, diversified and superior cultural experiences, delivered with the highest level of service. In support of this mission, the Ferguson Center is committed to:

  • Promoting cultural awareness as a life-long experience and fostering the appreciation for diverse cultures through the presentation of quality artists of distinction.
  • Advocating a greater awareness and appreciation of the arts as experiences central to the quality of life for the communities that we serve.
  • Serving as the cultural leader in community development and enrichment activities by providing access and opportunities for participation in cultural programs for all segments of our community.
  • Enhancing and advocating the implementation of arts in education planning, programs and instruction at the University and in the regional educational systems.
  • Developing and promoting strong partnerships between the arts, education and business communities in the region.
  • Maintaining a leadership posture in advocating collaborations and support of the arts at the local, regional and national level.

Ferguson Enterprises’ Contribution
to the Ferguson Center for the Arts

The Ferguson Center for the Arts is supported by Ferguson Enterprises. Based in Newport News, Ferguson is a diverse wholesale distributor with operations spanning multiple types of businesses. The company is ranked by trade publications as the largest distributor of plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF). It is also the third largest distributor of heating and cooling equipment (HVAC/R) and the second largest company within the waterworks industry. Ferguson Enterprises is proud to support this great theater, continuing a long tradition of supporting civic, cultural, educational and environmental activities.