CONWAY, AR (KAIT) -A university received a donation that will make a huge difference in the lives of its students.
Representatives with the University of Central Arkansas announced on Jan. 22 that the largest donation in over 100 years of their existence had been given to them.
The Windgate Foundation donated $20 million for the creation of the new, state of the art Windgate Center for Fine and Performing Arts.
The 114,000 square foot facility will include 44,000 square feet for art space, an exterior space for three-dimensional art, an art gallery, a 450-seat concert hall and a proscenium theatre.
UCA President Houston Davis said the arts have always been a priority.
“The Department of Art was one of the original eight departments when UCA was established in 1907, and it remains a high priority for us as we look to the future,” President Davis said. “Today, more than 250 students major or minor in art, and another 750 majors in the other fine arts and communication areas. Student enrollment for all departments has remained at capacity for the past decade. This gift will allow us to fulfill the facilities and scholarship needs that are worthy of our outstanding faculty and students. We will be able to help more students earn degrees in art and related disciplines, while also graduating a workforce of creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and independent learners. We thank Windgate Foundation for their partnership and incredible show of confidence in UCA’s vision for the arts.”
$19 million will be used for construction of the facility.
The remainder of the project will be funded through additional private gifts and other resources, for a total estimated cost of $45 million.
The remaining $1 million from Windgate will be added to the current Windgate Scholarship Fund, which was established within the UCA Foundation in 2005.