Local fundraising for the planned Confluence Arts Center in downtown Eau Claire is $2 million short of its $13.5 million goal, the director of the fundraising effort said Friday in a press release.
Late last year it was reported that fundraising had surpassed $12 million, but Friday’s announcement by Wallace Rogers reduced that number by $500,000.
Design plans for the new arts center to be built along Graham Avenue will be unveiled at 1 p.m. Tuesday, in the lobby of the State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St. The public is invited.
Plans for the arts center were developed during discussions with various groups during 10 meetings with the architect and engineering design teams led by Strang Architects of Madison, and Holzman, Moss and Bottino of New York City, Rogers said in the press release.
In addition to presenting design plans for the arts center, project partners on Tuesday will provide information about the ownership role of Eau Claire Confluence Arts Inc., the nonprofit group that will build and own the arts center, as well as the Confluence Council, which will oversee its operations.
In addition to the $11.5 million raised locally, another $23.5 million has been pledged by state, county and city government. UW-Eau Claire will also use the arts center for events and classes.
It is expected that construction on the arts center will start later this year, with completion in mid-2018.