SUNY Potsdam Unveils New Performing Arts Center

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A flash mob dance performance was the first official use of SUNY Potsdam's new $55 million performing arts center.

The center was officially unveiled to the campus community and public on Wednesday.

Following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, people were able to tour the nearly 100,000 square foot building, which features theaters, a dance performance hall and state-of-the-art equipment.

The performing arts center also will give students practice and performance areas.

"With the wonderful performing arts program that we'll have in this building, with the international reputation of the Crane School of Music, with our burgeoning fine arts program and creative writing program, it's very, very clear that SUNY Potsdam will in fact be the number one arts campus for the state of New York," said former SUNY Potsdam President John Schwaller.

State Senator Joseph Griffo fought for the funding for the new center as a freshman senator and was able to secure the necessary funding to allow the project to proceed.

During the construction of the facility, more than 300 jobs were created - pumping $128 million into the local economy.

"It's an opportunity for this campus to enhance its programming and entice more students to come here," said Griffo (R. -47th District).

The center will be ready for classes in January and will conduct a series of special performances during a grand opening celebration in April 2014.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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