Conference Recordings

How the Performing Arts Foster Successful Long-term Town and Gown Relationship Growth

Published October 5, 2020
Presented by Paul Vaivoda, Wilson Butler Architects | Michele Walter, AMS Planning & Research | David Bess, Auburn University | Josh Stiling, Wilson Butler Architects | Christopher Heacox, Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Auburn University

When integrated into a community context, college and university performing arts venues connect the community to the campus on the common ground of expanded artistic appreciation and growth. This session will discuss how performing arts facilities, when successfully planned, designed, and programmed, can enhance and respond to evolving campus and community cultural demands. Come learn how expanding the cultural and intellectual experience through the performing arts can lead to student, faculty, and administrative retention as well improve community quality of life and economic vitality.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Evaluate your current performing arts facilities and determine how they can best serve members of both the campus and community.
  2. Canvass arts departments, faculty, students, and community members for the most desired and innovative arts and performance programming to produce on your campus.
  3. Determine if existing campus or other off-campus facilities can accommodate and attract support for performing arts programming.
  4. Reach out to other community arts organizations regarding potential partnerships, support, and economic benefit.

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPS20C899) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit


Paul Vaivoda

Wilson Butler Architects

Michele Walter

Managing Director
AMS Planning & Research

David Bess

Campus Architect
Auburn University

Christopher Heacox

Executive Director
Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University

Recorded October 5, 2020.

Member Price: $35 USD | Non-member Price: $50 USD
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