Walton Arts Center Receives $500,000 from General Mills

Walton Arts Center Receives $500,000 from General Mills
Walton Arts Center’s lobby, reoriented to face Dickson Street, will be enlarged and the Starr Theater will be expanded, above. (Artist Renderings provided by Boora Architects)

General Mills has donated $500,000 to the Walton Arts Center for "Investing in our Future: The Expansion of Walton Arts Center," a $23 million campaign to add 30,000 SF to the performing arts venue.

The expansion will include a new and larger atrium lobby that connects to Dickson Street, significant renovations and expansion of Starr Theater, more space for back of the house technical and theatrical equipment and new administrative offices. 

The goal is to complete the Dickson Street renovation by fall 2016.

General Mills has been a supporter of the Walton Arts Center since 2003, and now the Walton Arts Center will rename its box office as the "General Mills Box Office."

"General Mills has been a long-time sponsor of both Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP," Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center, said in a news release. "Their partnership and support has helped fulfill our mission of bringing great performing artists and entertainers from all over the world to the region."

General Mills is "proud to support the expansion," according to Adam Dill, vice president of sales for General Mills.

"Much like our mission of 'Nourishing Lives,' Walton Arts Center is working to nourish the lives of the community by bringing arts and culture to our area," Dill said in a news release. "We look forward to seeing the completion of the renovations in fall of 2016."