Walton Arts Center receives $1.5 million gift for Fayetteville expansion

Walton Arts Center officials this week announced that The Walmart Foundation has donated $1.5 million toward the center’s $23 million expansion and renovation project.

The project is expected to add 30,000 square feet of space, including a new and expanded atrium lobby on Dickson Street, renovations and an expansion of Starr Theater, more space for backstage technical and theatrical equipment, and new administrative offices.

“The partnership between Walton Arts Center and the Walmart Foundation has been an exceptionally strong one,” said Peter Lane, arts center president and CEO. “Since opening our doors, the Walmart Foundation has generously supported Walton Arts Center and the Foundation’s participation in this capital campaign represents trust in our future, and the future of the performing arts.”

The goal is to complete the Dickson Street renovation by fall of 2016. Heavy construction of the main lobby and Starr Theater will occur during the off-peak summer months of 2015 and 2016 to minimize the impact on regular programming and ensure the arts center has a full season.