UA Asks A&P for $1M to Help with Performance Hall

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The University of Arkansas is asking the Fayetteville Advertising & Promotions Commission for $1 million, payable over three years, to help convert its historic field house into a much-needed performance arts facility.

The request, submitted by letter from UA Chancellor G. David Gearhart, is the last item on the agenda for Monday’s (July 9) meeting of the A&P commission.

Gearhart first mentioned plans to retrofit the 1930s field house at a meeting of the Walton Arts Center Council in February. It’s unknown whether the university’s plans would change the Walton Arts Center’s intentions to develop a hall of the same size.

The chancellor’s recent letter to the commission outlined plans for the field house’s new life: “a stunning 700-seat, state-of-the-art venue for musical and theatrical performances.”  he estimated cost of $17 million. The A&P’s $1 million would go toward offsetting construction costs, which would aid in the project’s timely progress, he said. Click here to read the full story from our partners at