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2. New Fine Arts Facility
New Fine Arts Facility
Fine Arts instruction takes place at the present in Winston Hall. Art, music, and theater classes are held there. The building also houses student publications, the Publications Office, and the Moore Student Health Center.

Initiatives for a broadened curriculum suggest increased enrollments in fine arts offerings. The provisional facility program developed for the fine arts to establish a project scale for the campus plan includes a new theater and support spaces, purpose-designed art studios and gallery, and music instruction and practice spaces to support active curricular and co-curricular programs.

A new building is proposed by the campus plan, on a site to the west of the Maples, opposite Gilmer Hall. This location has the advantage of being part of the Via Sacra streetscape; a new building located here will round out the academic precinct, as Gilmer now occupies a seemingly distant position by itself. The building size illustrated in the campus plan drawings represents a full program, including a new theater. It encompasses a total area of 42,000 GSF on two levels.

A critical site development theme will be the approach to the new arts facility from the Via Sacra and the building's relationship to the street, design aspects that need to be in keeping with the historic pattern. Overall site development will include walkway approaches from nearby parking along the southern edge of the campus, for convenient use by events patrons, and a service area to include a full loading dock.