University breaks ground on new SVPA facility

On Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, university officials broke ground for a $97 million School of Visual and Performing Arts Center to house the school on the Westside campus. Construction and funding were approved by the state legislature and Gov. M. Jodi Rell and preliminary planning and design work has been completed. On March 25, 2011, Gov. Dannell Malloy gave final approval for the bonding to permit the groundbreaking.

Following an outdoor ceremony and ceremonial shoveling of dirt at the location where the new facility will be constructed, the hundreds of people in attendance moved into the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. The festivities there featured a performance by the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, selections from Irving Berlin’s "I Love A Piano" by the department of theatre arts, and selections from Menotti’s "The Old Maid and the Thief" by the WCSU Opera Ensemble. A flash mob performance of a song from "Sweeney Todd," the theatre arts department's fall production, also entertained the crowd. A sample of art work by WCSU students, faculty and alumni were available for viewing during the ceremony.

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Years of planning pay off with the groundbreaking of a new center for the WCSU School of Visual and Performing Arts.