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Performing Arts Center

The Performing Arts Center will support academic programs in the College of Fine Arts and Communications. This facility's performance venues will provide excellent acoustics, support capabilities and environment and attract audiences. The facility will also consolidate performance spaces close to instructional areas in Browne, Memorial, and Sallee halls, strengthening an arts and communications "district" in the southwest part of the campus. The Performing Arts Center will serve as an academic resource and a destination for the campus, the city, and the region.

“We are so pleased to have a capital budget that allows for the construction of the Performing Arts Center in Macomb and the construction of the WIU-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus. This important release of money will also allow us to address long-term deferred maintenance issues on the Macomb campus,” said WIU President Al Goldfarb.

The Performing Arts Center will include a 1,400-seat proscenium theatre auditorium with two balconies, a 250-seat thrust stage, and a 150-seat studio theatre. There will also be dance, jazz, orchestra, and vocal performance rehearsal studios; dressing rooms adjacent to the theatres; a scenery/design workshop and a costume shop; administration offices; and a loading dock which will accommodate semis and buses for professional touring companies and orchestras.

Capital Bill Means WIU-Macomb, WIU-Quad Cities Construction, Capital Renewal - July 14, 2009

For more details on the Performing Arts Center, please visit the University Master Planning web site.

Architectual Rendering of Performing Arts Center from North East.
Rendering of the new Performing Arts Center -
shown from the North East.

Performing Arts Center Watercolor north view
Watercolor rendering of the new Performing Arts Center -
shown from the north.

Performing Arts Center Watercolor south view
Watercolor rendering of the new Performing Arts Center -
shown from the south.