Gift to provide $5M for Arts
By Bill Sublette
University has received a $5 million challenge gift from an anonymous
donor to encourage support for the Arts Grounds, a proposed complex
of new and expanded facilities for U.Va.s arts programs.
at spurring completion of individual projects in the proposed
arts district, the gift will create the Arts Grounds Challenge
Fund. The fund will match contributions of up to $1 million from
other donors for any facility envisioned for the Arts Grounds,
including theaters, recital halls, galleries and teaching studios
within the new and renovated buildings.
on Carrs Hill, the Arts Grounds will encompass new buildings
for the Universitys Art Museum, the McIntire
Department of Music and the studio art program, as well as
a new comprehensive arts library and a new performing arts center.
additions and renovations are planned for Campbell Hall, which
houses the School of Architecture,
and for the Drama building. Fayerweather Hall, a 19th-century
gymnasium that now houses the McIntire
Department of Art, will be restored and reconfigured to accommodate
the art history program. At the center of the complex will be
the Arts Common, an open space that includes an outdoor theater
on the north slope of Carrs Hill.
gift represents an extraordinary commitment to our vision for
the future of the arts, said President John T. Casteen III.
The Arts Grounds Challenge Fund will provide a powerful
incentive for other benefactors to take part in this effort. It
represents a significant step toward establishing a new center
of creative and intellectual activity that can be shared by all
who love the arts.
the Arts Grounds is one of the goals outlined in U.Va.s
Virginia 2020 long-range planning process. This gift will advance
a major fund-raising effort for the complex, which will be financed
with a combination of state support, private contributions and
institutional resources. With the addition of the Arts Grounds
Challenge, the University has received more than $19 million for
the Arts Grounds, which is expected to cost $200 million.
improving and enlarging the facilities now available for the Universitys
arts programs, the Arts Grounds will enable more students to take
courses in the arts and to make the arts an integral part of their
experience here, Casteen added. The new complex also will promote
creative collaborations among artists in different fields by bringing
all of the Universitys fine and performing arts programs
to the same area.
is expected to become a major hub of University and community
life. In addition to performance spaces for music and theater
and galleries for exhibiting works of art, the Arts Grounds will
include a café and other public areas where students, faculty
and arts patrons can gather before and between arts events. The
complex also will encompass a 500-space parking garage and will
be within walking distance of other parking facilities.
part of our Virginia 2020 long-range planning process, we intend
to elevate our arts programs to world-class status, Casteen
said. At present, we have exceptionally talented students
and faculty who are constrained by the limitations of their facilities.
Completion of the Arts Grounds will provide an environment that
inspires creative and collaborative work and that will make this
work accessible to wider audiences.
encouraging support for projects in all areas of the arts, the
Arts Grounds Challenge Fund will be a catalyst for achieving
great things, Casteen continued. We are grateful for
the leadership and imagination demonstrated through this generous