Confluence Arts Center design plans to be unveiled

Design plans for the new Confluence Arts Center, a collaborative effort between UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire community, will be presented to the public and news media at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the lobby of the State Theatre in downtown Eau Claire.

Plans for the arts center were developed during discussions with user groups and stakeholders over the course of 10 meetings with the architect and engineering design teams led by Strang Architects, Madison, and Holzman, Moss and Bottino, New York City.

In addition to presenting design plans for the arts center, project partners will provide information about the ownership role of Eau Claire Confluence Arts Inc., the non-profit group that will construct and own the arts center, as well as the Confluence Council, which will oversee operations of the arts center.

The $40 million Confluence Arts Center will replace UW-Eau Claire’s Kjer Theatre and the community’s State Theatre. 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. Read more about the Confluence Arts Center.