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Maria Antonia University Center
Culture and Extension Center

Maria Antonia University Center

Space for artistic, intellectual, and scientific extension, the institution is located in the former headquarters of the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters, and Sciences, the USP’s intellectual cradle. Designated a historic site by Condephaat, CEUMA has been deepening the connections between its historical significance and the University’s commitment to fostering critical thinking, intellectual creation, and democratic values through exhibitions, extension courses, workshops, artistic presentations, debates, symposiums, memory programs, and visits, among others.


  • To promote joint initiatives with USP Units, Institutes, Museums, and Bodies in the field of culture and extension;
  • To encourage dialogue and collaboration among diverse sciences and disciplines, and between these and the arts, technologies, and cultural production in general;
  • To strengthen the institution’s role as a training space and hub for extension courses;
  • To cultivate the place of cultural goods as a link between the university, culture, and democracy;
  • To develop partnerships with institutions, cultural agents, and audiences external to USP in the fields of arts, education, culture, and rights.


Democracy, tolerance, freedom, plurality, citizenship, human rights, anti-racism.


  • To deepen the specific role of MariAntonia as a university cultural center;
  • To maintain its place as a symbol of the struggle for memory, justice, democracy, and human rights;
  • To contribute to a just, egalitarian, free, anti-racist, and anti-sexist society;
  • To qualify USP’s extension actions, promoting and attracting initiatives for the democratization of knowledge.



The Centro Universitário Maria Antonia (Maria Antonia University Center) – CEUMA, is installed since 1993 in the historic buildings where the former Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras da USP – FFCL was located. Over two decades of multidisciplinary action later, it earned its place among the city’s cultural institutions, guided by a broad education concept. Strategically located in the central region of São Paulo, in an area with a large amount of cultural and educational institutions, it serves a diverse audience.

Since 1999, Maria Antonia – as the building is known – has kept a program of art exhibitions with about 20 exhibits a year, with the general guideline of bringing together contemporary artists from different generations, providing space for the most diverse techniques and production areas, as well as architecture exhibitions and retrospectives aimed at discussing the recent past of Brazilian art.

It offers monthly short courses linked to the humanities and the areas of the arts in general. It also promotes lectures, debates, and workshops with experts from Brazil and abroad, as well as other events that result from the research of various units of USP and partner institutions.

It also holds the Biblioteca Gilda de Mello e Souza (Gilda de Mello e Souza Library) with a collection mainly dedicated to contemporary arts and related areas. Its generating center is a collection of books on art, aesthetics, and the history of art that belonged to Professor Gilda, the first professor of Aesthetics at the Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras da USP.

To access Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, click here.


On October 2017 the new building Joaquim Nabuco, which also belonged to FFCL-USP, was inaugurated. The project, awarded by the Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil and the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, includes more exhibition spaces, a new auditorium for music, a café and also an inner square with green areas, which creates a new public space, a breath of fresh air in the middle of the densely built surroundings, contributing to the revitalization of the downtown area.

Translated by: Lara Yoshime Shizuko Fukushima

Maria Antonia University Center
  • Diretor José Tavares Correia de Lira
  • Vice-Diretora Ana Cláudia Scaglione Veiga de Castro
  • Centro Universitário Maria Antonia
  • Rua Maria Antonia, 258 e 294 | Vila Buarque
  • São Paulo - SP
  • CEP: 01222-010
  • tel.: (11) 3123-5202
  • secretariama@usp.br / imprensama@usp.br
  • www.mariantonia.prceu.usp.br