Oregon State University has announced a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor toward an expansion of the arts and education complex on its Corvallis campus.
When completed, the renovated LaSells Stewart Center will feature a new concert hall, a refurbished auditorium, and a black box theater that can be configured in multiple ways. Scheduled to open in 2022, the facility also will include classrooms designed for a media-rich environment; practice rooms and spaces for choir, symphony, and band rehearsal; shop space equipped for work with sound, lights, animation, and video; faculty offices; and seminar rooms. The university plans to raise an additional $5 million in private gifts for the project and will seek future approvals for another $30 million in state funds.
"The arts drive the culture of creativity, innovation, and diversity that is essential to a thriving research environment," said OSU president Ed Ray. "I believe with all my heart that a relationship with the arts is integral to the human experience. In addition to enhancing our strengths in the sciences, this initiative will enrich the education and life preparation of all our students. We owe a boundless debt of gratitude to this generous donor."
"The arts and education complex is the next major step for OSU’s development as one of America’s great land grant universities," said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "At OSU we are especially interested in how art intersects with science, humanities and technology. This facility will build on these connections, transforming the way our students and our community learn, perform, innovate and communicate."