Okay, venue may be a stretch, but… it’s going to support theater, arts, AND MUSIC at the campus in Corvallis, OR.
With an anonymous gift of $25 million and another $5 million in contributions, Oregon State University is going to ask for another $30 million to build something amazing.
Currently OSU has the LaSells Steward Center, offering 40,000 square feet of dedicated, year-round conference, and performing arts spaces, four breakout rooms, an executive boardroom, a gallery, a two-level 1,200 person auditorium, and a 200 person lecture hall. According to Biz Journals, the current space is booked 1,660 times each year.
The new facility would replace the LaSells Steward Center and more than double the current arts and music footprint at the university. It’s expected to open sometime in 2022.
“I am certain this new complex will join other iconic facilities that stand as testaments to the lasting impact of philanthropy on our campus – Valley Library, Austin Hall, Reser Stadium,” said Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation.
OSU has more than 30,000 students currently enrolled in Corvallis, Bend, and online campuses. While the university is mostly known for their science and engineering programs, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts said that having a significant arts presence at the school “was really the missing piece.”
Who knows at this point what bands will be hitting up the new space in five years, but we’re looking forward to whatever and whoever they may bring to the region.
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