Longtime WestConn patrons Roy and Ginny Young opened their home to 100 people for a celebration of the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Guests were treated to a sampling of what the school has accomplished and also heard some hints of what it might yet achieve.
Architects Robert Swain, president of Amenta/Emma Architects, and Nestor Bottino, a partner with Holzman Moss, explained some of the concepts they are developing as they design a $98 million instructional center for the school on the Westside campus.
WCSU President James W. Schmotter extolled the virtues of the SVPA and asked those in attendance to engage in WestConn’s vision to be a university with public accessibility and costs but with many attributes of a small private university.
“This is a unique opportunity to move the university forward with the arts,” Schmotter said. “The arts have an economic benefit — they bring people, money and interest to the region as well as creativity in all its manifestations. We are the only university between Purchase, N.Y., and Hartford to offer a Master of Fine Arts. It made sense to us to put our stake in the ground and say we are the university of the arts. It’s going to be a wonderful, exciting ride. We hope you will be there with us.”