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UA Launches Campaign for Performing Arts on Former Bryce Property Featured

02 Jan 2018
This artist rendering depicts UA’s Performing Arts Academic Center, which will include four performance theaters. This artist rendering depicts UA’s Performing Arts Academic Center, which will include four performance theaters. University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences

Former University of Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle and his wife, Mary, are co-chairing a campaign to raise approximately $15 million in private donations for the construction of a new Performing Arts Academic Center, located on the former Bryce Hospital property.

To date, the campaign has raised over $6 million toward the project, which will see the new Performing Arts Academic Center connected to the restored main Bryce building, which is being renovated to become a UA welcome center, as well as a venue for reception, faculty offices, and museums for UA history and the history of mental health in Alabama.

“We’re excited for everyone to see what has been done and also what hasn’t been done,”  Battle said. “It would have been easier and more economical to tear it all down and start over, but the preservation of this facility is truly amazing.”

Construction of The Performing Arts Academic Center is set to start in summer 2019. The PAAC will feature four performance venues for both dance and theater. The new facilities will replace Marian Gallaway Theatre, Allen Bales Theatre, and Morgan Auditorium. 

 “We think if people truly understand the transformative nature of this facility, most will want to participate in some way,” Battle added. “The PAAC portion of the building will be a fantastic place for students to learn and perform, for the community to add a serious upgrade to cultural opportunities in Tuscaloosa, and for the College of Arts and Sciences to elevate this part of the curriculum. But it is much more than that. The Welcome Center will become the place where prospective students get their first impression of our university.”

 “The need for a new Performing Arts Academic Center on our campus has never been greater nor more deserved, and the impact will be tremendous,” said Dr. Robert Olin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “A center of this caliber will elevate the profile of the entire University and further drive economic development in the state.”

For more information on the building project, or ways to give to the campaign, visit ua.edu/performingarts.  

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