The Theatre and Dance departments had previously been situated in Valders Hall of Science but the emergence of a strong program warranted new facilities. The art department as well had been displaced in the Korsrud Heating Plant and Loyalty Hall. It became imperative that these two departments have a building which had the facilities necessary for these two very different disciplines.
The Center is an interdisciplinary arts facility that brings together theatre, dance, and the visual arts in a 60,000 square foot space. Features include the Jewel Theatre, a 225-seat flexible theatre; a fully equipped scene shop; a large costume construction area; a spacious dressing/make-up room; two studio spaces, the Sunnyside Cafe, and numerous comfortable lounge areas for students to study and gather. In addition, several classrooms are shared with the Art Department. That department’s special classrooms such as pottery, computer art, drawing/painting, photography and fiber arts add to the energy of the Center. Faculty offices are also located in the Center for the Arts.