Diane and Hal Brierley have made a $1.2 million gift to the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, bringing its proposed center closer to its goal of raising $257 million from the private sector, reports the Dallas Morning News.
The proposed Dallas Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership; the foundation has pledged to raise $257 million — or 93 percent — of the total cost, and the city will provide the other $18 million through bond programs. The foundation has raised more than $136 million, and construction is expected to begin in 2005 and be completed in 2009. Hal and Diane Brierley have been involved in the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation since its inception. He is a member of the board of directors, and she is a member of a theater facilities committee.
"The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will complete the Dallas Arts District, providing Dallas with its own version of Lincoln Center," said Hal Brierley. "And like Lincoln Center in New York City, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will provide extraordinary facilities that will capture our imagination, become the permanent home of many of Dallas' performing arts organizations and infuse millions of dollars into the Dallas economy."