Duke University has announced a $25 million gift from David M. Rubenstein to create and support programs, activities, and performances across its performing and visual arts departments.
The gift from Rubenstein, chairman of the university’s board of trustees, is part of a major expansion of Duke's art department, which includes the construction of a 71,000-square-foot arts center near the Nasher Museum of Art and Duke Gardens. The new facility will feature a dance studio and a dozen multi-use studios, a two-hundred-seat performance theater, a one-hundred-seat film theater, a painting and drawing studio, a library and lounge, offices and classrooms, and a garden.
In addition to serving on the university's board of trustees, Rubenstein, a 1970 Duke graduate, chairs the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is a trustee of the National Gallery of Art and a member of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts board. Rubenstein’s previous contributions to Duke have included major support for the Sanford School of Public Policy, athletics, fellowship and faculty programs, and the university’s libraries, which recently dedicated the completed David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
"We are grateful to David Rubenstein for his visionary gift, which will ensure that the arts continue to thrive as a significant dimension of a Duke education, while the new space will set the stage for a thousand forms of creativity and innovation," said Duke University president Richard H. Brodhead. "The arts building represents a major step in Duke's commitment to supporting the artistic work of our students and faculty."