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Kresge Foundation Awards 50,000 Challenge Grant for Memorial Hall and Pickard Theater

Story posted September 15, 1998

Sept. 28, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Kresge Foundation, which supported the College with grants for Kresge Auditorium in 1976 and a 1982 library expansion, has once again offered its assistance, this time for the renovation of Memorial Hall and the expansion of Pickard Theater. The foundation has offered a challenge grant of $750,000, conditional upon the College's success at raising $10.8 million by January 2000. Bowdoin has raised just over $10 million so far.

The $11.55 million project, which includes construction of an experimental theater next to Pickard, is estimated to cost $9.55 million in construction, plus the creation of a $2 million endowment to maintain the facilities in the future.

The theater renovation is necessary to accommodate the needs of the College's Theater and Dance Department and the Maine State Music Theatre, which has leased the space for the past 40 years.

Memorial Hall, last renovated in the 1950s, is one of the most-used buildings on campus: It is used to educate 250 theater and dance students, host lectures, concerts and other special events and entertain the greater Brunswick community. But there is not enough space to allow these activities to be conducted simultaneously, and faculty of the Theater and Dance Department are scattered in offices throughout campus.

This project will allow the College to create a modern educational facility for its students and faculty, and to maintain its long-standing relationship with the Maine State Music Theatre.

The Kresge Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations for construction and renovation projects, as well as major capital equipment and real estate.

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