The Starr Foundation and the Starr family gave $500,000 to the Walton Arts Center for “Investing in our Future: The Expansion of Walton Arts Center,” the $23 million campaign to add 30,000 SF of space.
The expansion includes a new and expanded atrium lobby that connects to Dickson Street, renovations and expansion of Starr Theater, increased space for back of the house technical and theatrical equipment and new administrative offices.
The goal is to complete the renovation by fall 2016.
The Starr family will be recognized on the Starr Concierge Counter, a feature in the lobby where patrons will purchase concessions and merchandise and pick up tickets and hearing devices.
“Billie Jo Starr and the Starr Family have been a part of Walton Arts Center from the very beginning,” Peter B. Lane, president and CEO of Walton Arts Center, said in a news release. “Billie Jo’s vision and passion pulled a community together to build and open the Walton Arts Center in 1992. Her long term support for Walton Arts Center and this recent gift to the renovation will continue her legacy of supporting quality arts education programs that make a difference in people’s lives in northwest Arkansas.”
The Starr family has supported the arts center since the original capital campaign as well as through annual gifts and special projects such as Artosphere Festival and Arkansas History Through the Arts series.