UA Presents programmer Candace L. Feldman is heading to the Ukraine at the end of the month as part of a State Department-sponsored cultural exchange program.

Feldman and 11 other arts professionals from around the country will work with Ukrainian artists and ensembles interested in performing with a U.S. tour. The advisors will spend 10 days visiting the artists, watching them perform and participating in their workshops before making recommendations on the tour lineup.

Feldman is the first representative from Arizona to serve on Center Stage, which is produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts in Boston. The program was initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2012.

“This is a huge moment in my career, to be asked to join the team and go over and visit with artists in the Ukraine,” said Feldman, who said the initiative can lead to global conversations.

Jory Hancock, outgoing UA College of Fine Arts dean who oversees UA Presents, said having Feldman represent Tucson on Center Stage “will have a positive impact” on the UA and the state nationally.

“Candace is someone who is not only a programmer, but a producer so her expertise extends beyond just bringing arts in,” said Hancock, who also is director of the UA School of Dance. “She has a lot of experience creating art herself, and by art I mean media and stage performances. I think that was part of the reason she was selected and part of the reason we hired her.”

Feldman said there is a chance that the Center Stage Ukraine tour could pass through Centennial Hall.

“I think it does invite an opportunity that I think UA Presents should consider,” she said, noting that the performances would be an ideal fit for the Passport to the World series.

Before coming to the UA in February 2016, Feldman had worked for 651 ARTS in Brooklyn, New York, and did production work with the Juilliard School in New York City, and Theater Alliance and the Kennedy Center, both in Washington, D.C.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.