The fundraising effort to finance a new Performing Arts Center at Reed College got a big boost when the Meyer Memorial Trust announced a $100,000 grant for the capital project on October 19.
'We are really looking forward to this facility,' commented Reed professor Virginia Hancock. 'Until now, the Performing Arts departments didn't have a performance space particularly suited for dance and theater; the rehearsal and performance facilities have always been substandard.'
Kaul Auditorium does work for their music department, Hancock added, but other departments have to find space, when then can, in the Eliot Chapel as a performing space - and the 'President House' as a practice space. 'We will get a good rehearsal space and offices for the first time.'
The college's Vice President for College Relations, Hugh Porter, said that this grant is significant. This is a fairly substantial project, Porter pointed out: 'The entire project is about $28 million; we've issued bonds from the college to fund half of it. The other half will be funded by fundraising campaigns. We are well on our way; I think we have $10.7 million on hand.'
About the grant, Porter said that the Meyer Memorial Trust has been a longtime supporter of the school. 'We submitted a grant application in this latest round of funding, and we're so pleased they're able to provide support.'
The significance of this new performing arts building, Porter said, is that 'this is the one academic facility that we haven't yet built, although we've wanted this for a very long time. It is appropriate in the 100th year of the college that we get this done!'
The new building will be constructed west of Kaul Auditorium, extending into the area now occupied by tennis courts, Porter said.