Study and appreciation of the arts has deep roots in Jesuit educational principles and in the Holy Cross curriculum. Thanks to the generosity of an alumnus and the vision of an acclaimed design firm, plans for a new state-of-the-art performing arts center are now underway.
Spurred by a $25 million gift from Neil Prior ’54, Holy Cross has engaged Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design a new complex that will provide performance, exhibit, studio, gallery and study space for students to explore the worlds of music, theater and the visual arts.
The center is slated to include an acoustically superior 400-seat concert hall and theatre, serving as the College’s principal venue for symphonic music, chamber music, jazz, Gamelan, as well as opera, music, theatre, and dance. The building will also include a 200-seat flexible performance space for theatre and a high-technology “beehive” space that will support creative collaboration among students from all academic disciplines. The beehive will be programmed as a shared multimedia space for sound recording, sound editing, video editing, film, and lighting and set design, and will include collaborative work spaces, multipurpose rehearsal spaces, and gathering spaces with movable furniture. The building will also include a lobby space and café, and support space including a scene shop, costume shop, and multiuse spaces to encourage collaboration among the arts.
Details and timelines will be announced as the project plan progresses.
The center will serve as home to Holy Cross’ distinguished faculty in the performing arts. Their creative works have been presented to worldwide acclaim and have been celebrated with recognition such as a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Genius Award, three Grammy awards, along with numerous international prizes for composition and performance, as well as multiple grants from federal and regional organizations.