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Dartmouth Receives $50 Million Commitment to Support the Visual Arts

HANOVER, N.H., June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dartmouth College has received the largest commitment in its history, $50 million, from an anonymous family. Their extraordinary gift will enable the College to move forward with plans for a visual arts center. The center will break ground in 2010 and serve as an intellectual and cultural hub for the Dartmouth community, revitalizing the arts precinct on the south edge of campus.

"This is a spectacular gift from a family that has given long service to Dartmouth," said President James Wright. "During these tough economic times, this family's willingness to make such a gift is truly inspiring. In the early years of my presidency, my colleagues and I set forth a plan to improve specific areas of the physical campus. The Board of Trustees approved this plan, and many contributors have helped to advance it. Our goal was to give students and faculty well-designed and environmentally advanced facilities in which to carry out their work, including this new visual arts center. Arts are at the heart of a liberal arts education, and have always been vital to the Dartmouth experience, empowering students to think creatively, challenge assumptions, and wrestle with demanding and often unfamiliar media. We are honored by this act of generosity which is a formidable endorsement of Dartmouth's purpose, capacity for excellence, and future promise."

The visual arts center was designed by the architects Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, whose recent works include the Getty Villa in Malibu, the Rockefeller Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, and additions to Bowdoin College's historically significant Walker Art Building. The center will expand the accessibility of already robust programs in Studio Art and Film and Media Studies by consolidating these two departments, currently spread across campus, in one building. It will permit increased course offerings and encourage formal, interdisciplinary collaborations between departments.

At 99,000 square feet, the visual arts center will meet Dartmouth's strict sustainability and energy conservation guidelines. It will be located on Lebanon Street and include a spacious outdoor plaza linking it to Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts and the Hood Museum of Art, creating an arts "district" and an inviting southern gateway to the Green at the center of campus.

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SOURCE Dartmouth College