WCSU to host ribbon-cutting ceremony for new Visual and Performing Arts Center

After much planning, designing, building and anticipating, the moment has arrived. On Thursday, Sept. 4, at 10:30 a.m., university officials will hold an official ribbon cutting for the new Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University.

The event will be in the West Lobby of the new 130,000-square-foot building on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. This special event is free and the public is welcome to witness the official induction of the center into the university campus and community. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

“The new Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at Western offers the opportunity to receive a high quality arts education in an amazing facility, at the relatively low cost of a state university,” said Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and Professor of Music Dr. Dan Goble.

The center emphasizes the individual character of each of the university’s art programs, and, expressed in the center’s interplay of shapes, materials and light. Each program – visual arts, theatre arts and music – is identified with a metal-clad geometric shape housing its signature activity: the concert hall, the proscenium theatre and its north-facing art studios – reflecting the intimacy of theater, the expansiveness of performed music and the creative concentration of the visual arts.

To RSVP for the event, visit www.wcsu.edu/ribboncutting or call Janet McKay at (203) 837-8460.

As the celebration continues, on Sunday, Sept. 28, a Gala Open House will be held at the VPAC and will feature the facility’s performance, exhibit and studio spaces being fully utilized by students, faculty and staff, creating a true “behind the scenes” look at the center in action.

For more information on the center, visit www.wcsu.edu/svpa/svpa-center.asp.

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