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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a home for making art at Duke.

Bringing the Arts to the Heart of Duke

The Rubenstein Arts Center is a hub for artistic production at Duke University and a new arts venue for the Triangle. Students, faculty, visiting artists, and other collaborators come together in flexible project studios to hone their skills and create new work. Public programs—including performances, film screenings and exhibitions—launch this work into the world. The Ruby is also home to the programs in Dance and Cinematic Arts and WXDU 88.7 FM, Duke’s student-run radio station.

Established with a founding gift from arts philanthropist David Rubenstein (Trinity ‘70) in 2015 and opened in 2018, the Ruby was designed with the arts in mind. The 70,000+ square foot building encompasses flexible multipurpose studios, seminar classrooms, a makerspace, the Ruby Lounge, the von der Heyden Studio Theater, a film screening theater, and more. The arts center was designed by William Rawn Associates, a Boston-based architecture firm that counts among its projects numerous arts and music facilities. It sits along Campus Drive, a short walk from the Nasher Museum of Art and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, with glass facades through which the making of dance, film, visual art, theater and other art is visible.

With spaces designed to inspire Duke’s creative community, and through programming initiatives supported by the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Rubenstein Arts Center will drive arts education at Duke.

Two students playing violin in the studio theater.

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