The Center for Visual and Performing Arts opened in August 2014. Dedication ceremonies took place on October 24, 2014, during Homecoming Weekend.
The plan for the facility was developed by BOORA architects, a Portland, Oregon-based firm with extensive experience in the arts and higher education, and a passionate commitment to simple, beautiful, sustainable and human-focused design. The College has achieved LEED Gold certification and followed best practices for sustainability in the design of this facility, which cost $22 million.
The Center is located immediately south of Runyan Center, and is the central home for the arts at Earlham, transforming the south campus, and serves as an invitation and an inspiration to every member of the community.
Features include significantly updated, upgraded and expanded facilities and resources for every program in the arts:
- In the visual arts: separate studio spaces for photography, metals, ceramics, painting and drawing, and weaving, each wired for multi-media presentation; plus an art history classroom.
- In music: A state of the art music rehearsal and recital hall, with moveable tiered seating for an audience of 270; rehearsal rooms for jazz and percussion; a dedicated rehearsal room for Earlham's unique Javanese gamelan; recording and editing facilities for computer music; individual practice rooms, and a new music classroom.
- In theatre: a new black box performance space, serving as an essential laboratory for every aspect of theatrical performance.