JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – East Tennessee State University’s president said the university can now move forward with a new performing arts center after winning state approval.
Dr. Brian Noland said the Tennessee State Building Commission approved an expansion of the ETSU Performing Arts Center in Johnson City Thursday morning.
The $52 million dollar facility was expanded after the City of Johnson City Board of Commissioners approved an up to $8 million dollar contribution.
The City’s contribution allowed ETSU to expand the facility from more than 600 seats to about 1100 seats which the school said would attract more high-profile traveling productions to Johnson City.
Noland called the center “a chance for us to celebrate the talents of our faculty and our students, a chance for us to come together and find those things that make our heart beat a little bit faster, those things you can only find in the arts.”
In a video released Thursday, Noland thanked the Johnson City Commission and Jim Martin, a major donor to the ETSU Art’s project.
Noland said the performing arts center will bear Martin’s name.
“Over the next year we will break ground, and in 2019 we will open the doors on this facility.”
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