Georgia State University has announced a $22.8 million gift from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation to create a media production center on campus and foster partnerships with the state's film, music, games, and arts industries.
The largest gift in the university's history will be used to fund the renovation of a three-story structure to house the Creative Media Industries Institute, an interdisciplinary institute launched earlier this fall that builds on existing programs at the school in media production, research, design, the arts, music management, and digital publishing. The funds also will support major facility and streetscape improvements to the area adjacent to Woodruff Park. A commitment from the Georgia Research Alliance will help pay for new equipment for the institute.
"This gift will enable us to launch new programs focused on media arts entrepreneurship, enterprises where artistic vision can build Georgia's creative culture and expand the infrastructure for sustained economic development," said Department of Communication chair David Cheshier. "The research labs we're building will connect our programs to developments in virtual and applied reality technologies, media data analytics, games and interactive media, and audience research. We will build an iconic presence for creative industry programs in the heart of campus, visible to everyone who visits Atlanta and takes the streetcar."
"This is a transformative gift for our media and creative arts programs and will accelerate our ability to incubate new media companies," said GSU president Mark Becker. "It is also a major step forward with our Woodruff Park District plan that is helping to reshape downtown."