About Northern State University's Johnson Fine Arts Center
Welcome to the home of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker in Aberdeen! Northern State University’s Johnson Fine Arts Center (JFAC) is home to one of the strongest music and theater departments in the Midwest. JFAC is a valuable resource for the public and the entire campus community, presenting and hosting more than 65 concerts and events during the year. The auditorium also hosts NSU student theater performances and concerts. Community events have brought in special guests including actor Kevin Costner and the rock band Kansas.
The NSU School of Fine Arts is working to raise $14.5 million to renovate the Johnson Fine Arts Center, provide updated equipment and furnishings, and continue providing valuable scholarship assistance to recruit and retain the finest fine arts students in the upper Midwest. The renovation and addition to the Johnson Fine Arts Center will include: Updated main theatre (seats, lights, sound, shell, acoustics), Black Box theater, art gallery, expanded lobby/foyer space, box office and patron drop-off zone, new music faculty teaching studios, new theater faculty and staff offices, new student practice rooms and general purpose classrooms, costume shop relocation and expansion, dressing room renovation and expansion, Green Room, music education lab and electronic piano lab.