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The Performing Arts Center

A project to transform James Madison University The arts have been an integral part of the James Madison University campus since its founding. As the university begins its second century, more than 1,000 students major in music, theater, dance, art and art history, making Madison?s one of the largest programs for the fine and performing arts on the east coast. JMU performing arts faculty have succeeded in putting together a first-rate academic program using what are at best second-rate facilities. Just imagine what new heights might be achieved if James Madison University performing arts students and faculty taught, learned and performed in a state-of-the-art facility. We have imagined it and our vision of a new Performing Arts Center is currently under construction. The Performing Arts Center will combine two major facilities: the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance and a Center for Music Performance. Standing on the west side of Main Street, directly across from Wilson Hall, the Performing Arts Center will at once boldly affirm the university?s commitment to the arts-an essential component completing a liberal arts curriculum-and symbolically complete Madison?s cherished Quadrangle. With the Performing Arts Center, Madison?s cultural life will focus on a primary space and be more available to students, faculty and the community. With its prominence on Main Street and planned access for events of all kinds, the Performing Arts Center will undoubtedly take its place as an important intersection of ideas and people. When the Performing Arts Center opens in 2010, it will transform the performing arts at JMU. Classrooms, rehearsal and performance spaces for JMU?s award-winning theater, dance and music programs will enrich learning opportunities and offer the highest production values for world-class performances. For more information, to view the real-time construction web cam, or participate in the Seat Naming Campaign, visit the Performing Arts Center Web site at www.jmu.edu/performingartscenter/. The center, located on Main Street directly across from the Quad, will be comprised of two major structures, the Dorothy Thomasson Estes Center for Theatre and Dance on the left and Center for Music Performance on the right.

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