Cultural Arts District
For the last 90 years, our fine and performing arts programs have been somewhat of a hidden gem. We’re proud to bring them to the forefront with our new TJC Cultural Arts District. Located in the heart of our main campus, the TJC Cultural Arts District features a variety of art and science programs across four venues, including:
- Wise Auditorium
- Jean Browne Theatre
- The Center for Earth & Space Science Education
- Tyler Museum of Art
If you’ve ever been to a concert or show on our campus, you already know that the depth of artistic talent among our faculty and students is astounding.
A New Vision for the Performing Arts
TJC has cast a new vision and launched the ambitious Campaign for the Performing Arts.
This initiative will transform Wise Auditorium into a comprehensive performing arts center and ensure that TJC can continue to recruit exceptional talent, grow the college’s programs and offer high-quality programming for the East Texas community.
The goal for the TJC Campaign for the Performing Arts is to provide $7.5 million in funding to underwrite new construction.
Features will include
- New stage with an increase of 2,058 square feet in performance space
- State-of-the-art technology, including updated lighting and fly/theatrical rigging system
- Renovated auditorium with new seating plus improved acoustics and sound system
- Expanded backstage area for building and storage of scenery and new loading dock
- New performance space that will also serve as an art gallery
- Large lobby with an accessible box office, concession and event areas
- Rehearsal studios and new dressing rooms
- Spacious greenroom and dance studio
- Climate-controlled storage for musical instruments, costumes and props
- Presidential suite to host community guests
- New administrative offices with storage
- ADA compliance throughout the facility
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