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2015 WCSU’s Visual & Performing Arts Center claims another award

Best of Connecticut logoDANBURY, CONN. — The Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at Western Connecticut State University has earned yet another recognition — this time a “Best of Connecticut” award from the publishers of Connecticut Magazine.

In Connecticut Magazine’s 18th annual compilation of “all the things we think make our state such a special place,” Western’s VPAC was named “Best Performing Arts Venue: College.

Describing the WCSU venue, the editors at Connecticut Magazine wrote, “It is rare that the moment you walk into a theater or concert hall a standing ovation seems in order, but that’s the case at Western Connecticut State University’s $97 million 130,000-square-foot Visual & Performing Arts Center. The main theater and separate acoustically designed musical hall are, in a word, breathtaking.”

Interim Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts Jamie Begian was not surprised by the latest accolade.

“We in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Western are excited to be recognized yet again for our new facility,” Begian said. “This center represents a tremendous investment by the state of Connecticut to offer a top-flight place of learning for young people, a place where important dreams are dreamed – and then realized! We will continue to strive to live up to the promise our new facility offers and the promise of those students in pursuit of excellence in the arts at Western.”

The September 2015 acknowledgement from Connecticut Magazine is the latest in a string of accolades. Earlier this year, a list published by, a Web-based search engine designed to help students determine their best college options, named Western’s VPAC as No. 9 on a nationwide list of “The 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers.”


VPAC Awards and Accolades

Connecticut Magazine – Best of Connecticut: “Best Performing Arts Venue: College “The 25 Most Amazing Campus Arts Centers

ClarkDietrich Building Systems: Design Excellence and Construction Innovation Award from the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI)

U.S. Green Buildings Council: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status

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Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.