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New Name and Renovation Plans Revealed for Performing Arts Center in Utah.

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Officials and community members convened at Utah Tech University for a ceremony to announce the renovation and expansion project of the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, which will now bear a new name. This project is part of a broader initiative to improve the university’s arts programs and facilities, involving a complete overhaul of the existing building, including the back-of-house areas.

During the event, Brad Last, vice president of University Advancement, introduced a panel of speakers including Jeff Jarvis, College of the Arts dean; Lowry Snow, board chair for Southern Utah Performing Arts Foundation; Nate King, architect at Sparano and Mooney Architecture; and Sen. Don Ipson. A drumroll accompanied the unveiling of the building’s new name by Tammy Gallegos, chief strategic engagement officer for America First Credit Union, revealing it as the America First Performing Arts Center.

America First Credit Union is contributing million toward the million project, which also received funding from the Utah State Legislature. Snow highlighted the role of community donations in securing funding, emphasizing the importance of community support in such projects.

The renovation plans include the addition of new green rooms, restrooms, a makeup area, and a rehearsal room large enough to accommodate the Heritage Choir and Southwest Symphony. There will also be improved acoustics in the auditorium, along with accessibility upgrades like ADA seating and larger restroom facilities.

The renovation, set to be completed by January 2026, will also feature technological upgrades, increasing the seating capacity from 1,189 to 1,307 seats. While there have been some challenges in the design process, panelists and Gallegos expressed excitement about the project and the opportunity to support the arts through this partnership.

The Heritage Choir and Southwest Symphony have been actively involved in the planning and design process, ensuring their needs are met in the upgraded facility. Despite some delays in the design phase, the newly revamped Performing Arts Center is expected to be unveiled in time for the next academic season, with performances temporarily relocated to the Eccles Fine Arts Center on campus.

Overall, the project represents a significant step towards enhancing the arts community in St. George, fostering a space where people can come together to enjoy and celebrate the arts.

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