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Ave Maria University to Build Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 17, 2014

Longtime Naples Phil CEO Myra Daniels to Chair Campaign

AVE MARIA, FL (February 17, 2014) – Ave Maria University is proud to announce that it will build a 1,250-seat performing arts center on its campus, an addition that will give students a much-needed venue to practice and master their talents and further study the arts.


Myra Janco Daniels, founder and longtime CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis-Naples) and the Naples Museum of Art will chair the project.

The $10 million performing arts center will feature a thrust stage extending into the audience and also house classrooms, a multi-media studio, office space, practice rooms and an art gallery. Its location will give AMU students the opportunity to experience the arts within a short walk on campus. In addition, the University will now have a first-class venue to host both internal and external events such as graduation and conferences.

“We have started a new era,” said AMU President Jim Towey. “Our founder, Tom Monaghan, had a great interest in the arts and planted the seeds. More and more of our students, coming from all over the world, are interested in the arts and this new performing arts center will fill that need.”

Not only does AMU expect the new center to draw students from around the world who are interested in the arts, but also to attract top-flight faculty members to teach at the University.

The University is raising money now for the building of the center, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

Renowned architect Gene Aubrey, whose work includes the Philharmonic Center Cultural Complex in Naples as well as the Wortham Theater Center and the Rothko Chapel, both in Houston, Texas, will design the center.

Detailed plans for the center will be released at the AMU Third Annual Scholarship Dinner on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Media availability with President Towey and Myra Daniels will be at 6:15 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton.For more information on the Dinner, please call Brigid O’Malley, Director of Communications at 239-304-7009.

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