(Seguin) -- After months of construction, Texas Lutheran University Friday afternoon will unveil the official opening of its Caroline Weston Center for The Performing Arts. The project which includes the expansion of Jackson Auditorium creates a new TLU Dramatic Media facility and TLU School of Music.
Helping make the $15 million facility a reality was a substantial gift awarded on behalf of Caroline Weston. Weston was honored for her lifelong love of the performing arts. Five million dollars from her family served as the foundation of the funding campaign for the arts center. Others also stepped up to the plate including Board of Regents member Bob Oliver and his wife Karin who in 2015, also pledged $1.5 million toward the construction.
Ashlie Ford, TLU's director of marketing and communications, says the university opens up its doors today to showcase what TLU music and theater students can enjoy as first-rate facilities.
"So on Friday at 2 p.m., we have the grand opening of the Weston Center for the Performing Arts. We are inviting our entire campus community to come out and people in Seguin who would like to come to the dedication and see some of the new facilities. Also just mingle with some of our students in dramatic media and music and band students, to really just become acquainted with this wonderful new building that we also see as a place for the community can come and attend performing arts events," said Ford.
The 32,000 square-foot School of Music Building features band, choir and ensemble rehearsal halls, studio and classroom space plus student practice rooms and faculty offices.
The project also includes a separate black box theatre with theatre and video production space and additional dressing room and green room space. The renovation of Jackson Auditorium's lobby and bathroom have also been included in this project.
Currently, $13.5 of the total $15 million has been raised. Several naming opportunities still exist and range from $1,000 for each studio theater seat to $3 million for the naming of the School of Music Building.
A list of all naming opportunities can be found on the TLU website. Those wishing to pledge a donation may also contact TLU at 372-8030.