The performing arts have long played a vital role in the West Michigan cultural experience, and from its earliest days, Grand Valley has made the performing arts an integral part of a liberal arts education. As the program has grown, so has the demand for expanded, flexible, multidisciplinary performance space, and the resources to prepare students for the regional and national stage.
The current performing arts center, which houses the Louis Armstrong Theatre, was originally constructed in 1971 with its most recent addition in 1998. it can no longer host the university's growing audiences, roster of productions, rehearsals, and experimental projects.
To better support our growing performing arts programs, the university is creating a new addition that will include a "black box" style theater, additional space for individual and ensemble rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and production support space to provide student performers with opportunities to ply their craft, rehearse, challenge their abilities, and gain the skills needed to ultimately succeed beyond Grand Valley. The performing arts at Grand Valley include students majoring in theater, choral/vocal, dance, and instrumental music programs. Additionally, many students with an interest in the performing arts who are involved in extracurricular activities such as bands and vocal groups, will also benefit from this new facility.
Donor funds are needed to support what will take place inside this new center. This will include equipment, instruments, and other materials that will elevate both students' skills and their performance levels, as well as provide professional performance opportunities on a broader scale. Gifts to this endowed fund will be recognized within the new center.