The performing arts have long played a vital role in the West Michigan cultural experience, and from its earliest days, Grand Valley has made the performing arts an integral part of a liberal arts education. As the program has grown, so has the demand for expanded, flexible, multidisciplinary performance space, and the resources to prepare students for the regional and national stage.
The newly renovated Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts will better support our growing performing arts programs through a new addition that includes the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, and additional space for rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and production work. Donor funds are needed to expand enrichment opportunities for Grand Valley students in music, theatre, and dance.
The renovated Haas Center will better support our performing arts programs, hosting the university's growing audiences, roster of productions, rehearsals, and experimental projects. It will provide student performers with opportunities to ply their craft, rehearse, challenge their abilities, and gain the skills needed to ultimately succeed beyond Grand Valley. The performing arts at Grand Valley include students majoring in theatre, choral/vocal, dance, and instrumental music programs. Additionally, many students with an interest in the performing arts are involved in extracurricular activities such as bands and vocal groups and will also benefit from this new facility.
Donor funds are needed to support what will take place inside the Haas Center. This will include equipment, instruments, and enrichment activities that will elevate both students' skills and their performance levels, as well as provide professional performance opportunities on a broader scale.