SC To Renovate Fuller Arts Center Through $500,000 Fuller Foundation GrantNovember 14, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 14, 2005 -- The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation has announced that it will award Springfield College a $500,000 grant to renovate Fuller Arts Center on the campus.
With a 300-seat auditorium, Fuller Arts Center is the site of visual and performing arts programs, campus events, and classes. It also hosts more than 70 community activities each year. Springfield College opened the center in 1984 with major funding from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation.
According to Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn, “Fuller Arts Center has been a center of activity on our campus and in our community for more than 20 years. With this grant from the Fuller Foundation, we will be able to equip the center with new technology necessary for the latest arts events and college activities, and we will make the center more useful, accessible, comfortable, and attractive. We are very grateful to the Fuller Foundation for this generous gift.”
The college will improve many areas in the facility including the foyer and auditorium, lighting and sound systems, and handicap accessibility. Renovation will be coordinated around ongoing programming and classes.
Earlier this year, Springfield College announced a $40 million funding campaign, “Leadership for the 21st Century.” The college plans to construct a new campus union, field house, and wellness center, and to renovate Schoo Hall into a state-of-the-art science teaching facility. The campaign also will support improvements in academic programs and a range of current and future needs. The college already has raised more than $21 million to support these projects.
The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation supports the programs of religious institutions and not-for-profit organizations in education, culture, healthcare, and social services in Worcester, Mass. and surrounding communities.