Walton Arts Center Awarded $2M Walker Foundation Grant

Walton Arts Center Awarded $2M Walker Foundation Grant
Walton Arts Center’s lobby, reoriented to face Dickson Street, above, will be enlarged and the Starr Theater will be expanded. (Artist Renderings provided by Boora Architects)

The Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville on Wednesday announced a $2 million grant from the Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation for its "Investing in our Future: The Expansion of Walton Arts Center" $23 million capital campaign.

The campaign aims to add 30,000 SF of space to the center, including a new and expanded atrium lobby that connects to Dickson Street; significant renovations and expansion of Starr Theater; increased space for back of the house technical and theatrical equipment; and new administrative offices.

The donation pushes the campaign beyond its fundraising goal, which means additional technical upgrades can be made, according to a news release.

The grand reopening celebration is set for Saturday, Nov. 19.

The arts center will name the new atrium after the Walkers. 

"The Walker Atrium will be a destination for guests and will transform Dickson Street with its new expansive glass windows and chandelier," Peter Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center, said in the news release. "We wanted the arts center to interact more with Dickson Street and the Walker Atrium will be a beautiful space to enjoy in the heart of Fayetteville."

Mandy Macke, executive director of the Walker Foundation, said, "We look forward to seeing families and patrons enjoying their shared experiences in this beautiful new community space."