Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking

Governor Pat Quinn at Western Illinois UniversityIt has happened! Governor Pat Quinn came to Macomb on April 26, and in the COFAC Recital Hall, told a large audience of university and community supporters that the Performing Arts Center will move forward.

“Through partnerships and collaboration, the WIU Performing Arts Center has become a reality. I cannot thank enough our local legislators, our campus community and our many friends, Gov. Pat Quinn and Capital Development Director Jim Underwood for their support of this cultural center, which will be an incredible asset to this region. I would also like to recognize Tate Lindahl’s generosity for, and support of, this project and Western Illinois University,” noted WIU President Al Goldfarb.

“This project is an investment in the future of Western Illinois University, and in this region’s economy,” said Gov. Pat Quinn. “Not only will this project create jobs during construction, it will also enable WIU to increase its educational offerings and provide the people of Macomb with a state-of-the-art facility for music, dance and theater productions.”

In addition to the groundbreaking, a seven-figure bequest from retired WIU administrator Tate Lindahl to support the center’s operation was announced.

Read the whole story at University Relations.  And to see an excellent video produced by Adam Schmidt a broadcasting major and intern in the office of University Relations, go to the WIU Social Networking page.

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