Connors Family 美术 Center Unveiled

University Communications & Marketing | 04/19/2024
Connors Family 美术 Center
Connors Family 美术 Center (Home of the Resinski Black Box Theatre at SFU


The Saint 弗朗西斯 University community gathered on April 18, 2024, to celebrate a milestone accomplishment.

The Connors Family 美术 Center on 181 St. Catherine Street, Loretto, Pa., officially opened with a blessing and dedication ceremony on April 18, 2024. 新的15,000-square-foot space facility is home to the Resinski Black Box Theatre and the University's visual arts, 音乐, and marching band programs.

除了 to the flexible, technologically enhanced Black Box performance space, it boasts a Green Room, 服装商店, and dressing rooms for any theatre offering or visiting performers.

For the visual arts, it holds a traditional/digital visual arts studio space and a public display gallery space. The 音乐 programs will benefit from a large practice room for SFU Bands, Music Facilitation, 集团的吉他, and other course offerings. There are also two practice rooms for applied lessons (individual lessons), 比如声音, 钢琴, and guitar lessons.

这7美元.5 million endeavor, including a significant contribution from John '64 and Sheila (Widmer) Connors '65, was made possible by the collective support of Saint 弗朗西斯 University alumni and friends. A record-breaking 525 individual donors, the largest number in University history, 向前走, with 12 generously giving $100,000或更多.

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A history of the project: 2018年3月, an enthusiastic group of theatre alumni began a grassroots effort to raise funds for the Resinski Black Box Theatre. Hoping to honor long-time director and theatre professor Kenny Resinski, who passed away in 2013, 还有他的妻子, 邦妮, who continues to be active in the arts at the University, the initial plan was to convert an existing physical plant grounds garage near the old boiler house into a black box theatre, bearing the Resinski name.

In 2019, fundraising intensified as the Connors provided a substantial lead gift. It was then that the University, with the support of the theatre alumni group, decided to construct a brand-new arts center to be named in honor of the Connors family. 因此, the Connors Family 美术 Center would become home to the Resinski Black Box Theatre and the University's visual arts, 音乐, and marching band programs. After several more years of fundraising, the ceremonial groundbreaking took place on October 1, 2021.

The project has also been bolstered by substantial external support. 乔治一世. Alden Trust and the AJ and Sigismunda Palumbo Charitable Trust, 特别是, have played a pivotal role, funding a new iMac laboratory, visual arts studio, and digital/traditional art gallery within the CFFAC, contributing a total of $130,000 to the project.

The Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund (administered by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies) provided a $15,265 grant to purchase and install the solar panel array  in front of the building.

除了, Loretto Borough and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation partnered with the University to reconstruct St. Catherine Street in anticipation of the project. The total project cost was $828,048.

关于 the 美术 at SFU

Saint 弗朗西斯 University offers minors in 美术, Music and Wellness, Theatre (new!), and Visual Arts. Students can also join ensembles and earn college credits through the CFA, including the Marching/Pep Band, Theatre Productions, 合唱, and the World Drumming Ensemble. For those looking to hone their skills, instrument lessons are available in guitar, 的声音, 钢琴, 还有手鼓.

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