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University approves construction of new performing arts center

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Dear College of Arts and Sciences community,

I’m pleased to share with you exciting news about the College’s premier capital campaign project, The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel.

At the university’s board of trustees meeting in February, the board approved plans to begin construction on the building this spring. This is a tremendous milestone made possible by the more than 60 individuals and organizations who have committed funds to the project.

To all who have supported this effort, thank you for your incredible generosity. On behalf of the college’s students, faculty and staff, I offer my sincere gratitude for the incredible leap forward that you have made possible.

So far, we’ve raised more than $59 million for the project. To complete construction of the project, we still need to raise about $4 million in funding; otherwise some spaces will be left unfinished, or “shelled.” Through our ongoing initiatives, we also plan to raise funds for further enhancements to meet the needs of all three of our performing arts departments, as well as create a significant endowment to support its ongoing operation.

Since we first announced the project in March 2010, faculty and staff from the college and university have collaborated with architects MGA Partners of Philadelphia, as well as other consultants, to ensure that the Maltz Performing Arts Center is a revolutionary facility for our students in dance, music and theater. During this development process, the scope of changes to the existing building has expanded greatly, to the benefit of our performing arts programs.

The ambitious plans include significant renovations that will maintain the historic integrity of the sanctuary while transforming it into a world-class concert hall. Other new performance venues will include a 350-seat proscenium theater, a highly flexible black-box theater and a smaller recital hall. The nearly 145,000-square-foot complex will also feature dance and acting studios to accommodate classes and rehearsals, scene and costume shops, a resource center and media lab, classrooms and design labs.

Performing arts at Case Western Reserve University date back to the founding of Western Reserve College, and our programs have been at the forefront of academic innovation and excellence over the ensuing decades. Today, more than one-third of all undergraduate CWRU students take classes in dance, music or theater during their time on campus. Last year, more than 800 students participated in a performing arts extracurricular activity.

This project marks the first time in the university’s history that a new facility is being constructed for dance, music and theater. When the Maltz Center Performing Arts Center is completed, on East 105th Street just a short walk from the center of campus, we will finally have a building worthy of our stellar faculty and students.

As President Barbara R. Snyder noted in a story in today’s The Daily newsletter, “Our students bring remarkable talents in the performing arts, and this project will provide them space commensurate with their skills and potential. We are profoundly grateful to all of the people who stepped forward to support this effort, starting with Milton and Tamar Maltz and extending to the undergraduates who performed in the KSL Oval this fall to help raise funds.”

Fundraising will continue even as construction begins. If you’re interested in becoming a supporter of this transformative project, please contact Clarke Leslie, associate dean of development, at 216.368.5322 or

And stay tuned for more updates as this thrilling project takes shape in the coming months.


Cyrus C. Taylor
Dean and
Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics

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