Opened in 1961, Lulu Vere Childers Hall is a four-level brick and cinder block structure which forms the north side of the main quad (aka "The Yard") at the heart of the University's main campus. It is the exclusive home of Howard University's Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts (the departments of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts).
Childers Hall houses the Al Freeman, Jr., Environmental Theatre Space, Band and Choir Rehearsal Facility, Gallery of Art, Ira Aldridge Theater, Dance Studio, Dressing Rooms, Practice Rooms, and Recital Hall. The Department of Theatre Arts occupies the first floor and basement level, the Department of Art - the second floor, and Department of Music - the third floor and basement of Childers Hall. Music facilities are for the exclusive use of validated students currently enrolled in Department of Music courses and ensembles, and students of Musical Theatre. The Fine Arts Workshop (sculpture and graduate painting studios) are located in walking distance on Sherman Avenue.
The demand for the use of performance spaces necessitates the adoption of daily and hourly scheduling of the facilities for the entire academic year, August through May. Priority will be assigned to departments and programs normally involved in the use of these facilities to include Colleges and Programs of the University, Student Life/Activities groups, and University Administration, upon availability.
Our facilities will also be made available to organizations on a very limited basis (with an individual program rental agreement) and for purposes that are compatible with, or enhance the mission of the University and in the interest of the community.