Performing Arts Facility Is Proposed for Prince William

Posted: November 7, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

A feasibility study to determine community support for a performing arts facility at the Prince William Campus is expected to begin by the end of the year. Proposals for the study were received from 12 firms and are being reviewed by a subcommittee of the Prince William Campus Advisory Board.

“The proposed facility will be a joint venture between George Mason, the City of Manassas, and Prince William County,” says executive vice president Randall Edwards. “After the successful launch of the Freedom Center, community leaders approached us with an idea to use the same tripartite approach to provide a focal point for the performing arts in the area.”

The feasibility study will determine interest and support for the facility in the community, serve as a planning tool to determine what the facility should contain, define how the facility will be used, identify potential users, and predict the impact of the facility on economic development and community image. Edwards says the results of the three-month study will determine the next step in the planning and development process.

“The vision for the performing arts facility at the Prince William Campus is totally different from that of the Center for the Arts at the Fairfax Campus,” says Edwards. “The proposed venture fits into the strategic plan for the distributed university and will be used jointly by the university and the community.”

The facility could open in five years. “We need to use the assets of the community to bring strength to George Mason, and use the assets of George Mason to bring strength to the community,” says Edwards.

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