University Weighs Weidner Center Plans

The process of reinvigorating the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts took another step forward Dec. 1 and 2 as UW-Green Bay held meetings with key stakeholders who are looking to the facility’s future.

Joined by consultant Steve Carignan of the Gallagher Bluedorn Center at the University of Northern Iowa, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas K. Harden presented elements of a draft proposal during the sessions, which were attended by Weidner Center Presents board members, donors, ushers, ticket holders and other invited campus and community groups.

Harden presented a draft budget plan and tentative staffing levels for the center, noting that broad-based support — from ticket sales, philanthropy and the University — will be important moving forward.

Next steps for the Weidner include hiring its executive director, completing programming for the 2012-13 season — when the facility will celebrate its twentieth anniversary — and launching marketing and fundraising operations to build toward the goal of a self-supporting facility.

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