The sound of construction equipment music to our ears. Work began in winter on the Roger Glass Center for the Arts, located on Main Street.
It is the University’s first building dedicated to concerts, dance and theater performances, and art exhibits. The lead donor for the center is Roger Glass ’67, a Dayton-area entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is president and CEO of Marion’s Piazza.
President Eric F. Spina said the center will showcase the works of faculty, visiting artists and community members — and especially art created and performed by students from throughout the University.
“The great thing about the facility, and really the great thing about arts at the University of Dayton, is there are so many students involved from all areas — engineers in our orchestra and English majors in our acting troupe,” Spina said. “The arts have really grown here, and the students need a facility like this. It’s a gift to our students, to the University, and to the community, and we thank Roger for his generosity in making this facility possible.”
“It’s a gift to our students, to the University, and to the community, and we thank Roger for his generosity in making this facility possible.”
The 51,000-square-foot facility was designed in consultation with local arts organizations to complement existing venues in the region and increase the connection between the campus and community arts programs. It provides specialized arts and media spaces not currently available on campus and will also help the University recruit students interested in the arts.
The center is designed to meet LEED Gold environmental standards. Students could be making their own sweet music in the center by late 2023.
Location: Southeast corner of Main and Stewart streets
Cost: $45 million