The University of Texas-Pan American invites students, faculty, staff and all area residents to become a part of the UTPA Academic and Performing Arts Center's (APAC) history by signing a steel beam that will be permanently placed at the center's new facility. The beam will serve as an art piece witnessing everyone's involvement and support. Following a 10 a.m. press conference on Monday, Jan. 13, signatures will be collected from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Renovations to the interior of the Arts and Humanities department buildings adjacent to the APAC are also underway. Renderings of the center are available on the APAC website at www.utpa.edu/apac. There you can also view its progress with live-streaming video of the construction site.
The APAC auditorium will offer seating for 1,000 guests and serve as the main stage for world-renowned artists, as well as the UTPA Mariachis, Ballet Folklórico, and other performance art students who are busy honing their craft.
In addition, the University's Development Office is working to raise funds to help build a recital hall within the APAC complex - the only missing piece of the project. The proposed recital hall, being built by SpawGlass Construction Company, will provide a suitable rehearsal room with a seating capacity of 180 where music, theatre, and dance students will practice. The construction cost is $4 million and depends entirely on private donations. Costs include construction, lighting, audio/video support systems, furniture, and landscaping.
While the University is waiting on the APAC opening, other areas of campus and community venues are playing host to great musical, dance, and theatrical performances from our students and faculty. For more information on these events or to learn how you can support the recital hall construction, visit www.utpa.edu/apac.