The Unity College Center for the Performing Arts reopened this year with a renewed focus on providing quality, community-minded entertainment to complement the college’s educational offerings.

A gift from the Clifford Family, the UCCPA "continues to be a wonderful venue" for the college and the town of Unity, said Unity College President Stephen Mulkey. Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the UCCPA is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures and more.

The venue has seen many events since opening in 2000, including world-renowned musicians, award-winning speakers and memorable community gatherings. The UCCPA also is home to the Leonard R. Craig Gallery featuring up-and-coming, as well as renowned, artists throughout the year.

“We are being very creative about finding different ways the UCCPA can be utilized,” said Wendi Richards, the events manager who began managing the Unity College facility in February.

The Resistance, a talented young rock band from Maine that has played at the Hard Rock Café in Boston, performed on April 30; and young award-winning musician Adam Scott will play Thursday, May 7 — see link below. The concerts cap a 2014-15 academic year that included a nearly sold-out show by Portland-based Rustic Overtones on April 11, concerts, craft shows, art exhibits and other cultural events.

Events will continue throughout the summer and into next fall, Richards said. In the planning is a heavy metal summer concert, as well as Native American music by Rising Star Award winner Gareth Laffely.

Theater offerings include Trevor McKinven presenting his one-man show, “They Came from Away,” while on tour from Montreal; a possible fall stop by Bob Lovelace to perform his new show, “What is This Life?”; and a a Murder Mystery Dinner on Dec. 12.

Jam Nights, started this spring and open to community musicians, will continue weekly during the school year. The UCCPA also is exploring opening the College’s Movie Nights to the community. Other events in the next year may include crafts fairs, auctions, comedians, and theatrical performances, Richards said.

“The UCCPA is open to ideas from the community … I would love to see community classes offered using our space,” she said.

The space is available as a community space for rent, for social events, weddings, memorial services, conferences and other events, as are other Unity College facilities such as the Field of Dreams and conference facilities. To learn more about the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, visit uccpa.unity.edu and the center’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.