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Confluence Arts Center 


conceptual drawing of the Confluence performing arts center

The $45 million state-of-the-art Confluence Arts Center will replace UW-Eau Claire's Kjer Theatre and the community's State Theatre, which are both considered obsolete. The new arts center will provide much-needed rehearsal, teaching and support space for the university's theater program and a significantly larger performance venue for its nationally renowned music program. The arts center also will be able to host concerts, performances and Broadway-style touring shows that no current campus or community venue can support.

The arts center is a key component of the overall Confluence Project, a unique public-private development in a once-blighted area of downtown Eau Claire. Located on prime real estate less than a mile from UW-Eau Claire at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers, the Confluence Project includes Haymarket Landing, a mixed-use building consisting of first-floor retail and commercial space and a five-story apartment complex above that houses about 375 UW-Eau Claire students in fully furnished apartments; the Confluence Arts Center, a shared university-community facility; and a public plaza and pedestrian-bicycle pathway along the rivers.

Confluence Arts Center venues and spaces include:

  • a 1,200-seat theater/concert hall, a 400-seat theater and a 250-seat flexible-use space.
  • visual arts galleries
  • scene, prop and costume shops, dressing rooms, and back-of-the-house operations
  • a dance studio, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and a recording studio
  • faculty offices
  • the Visit Eau Claire tourism center.

Haymarket Landing opened in summer 2016, and the Confluence Arts Center and public plaza are scheduled to be completed in late summer 2018.