DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University is breaking ground on a major project for theater, music and dance.
Campus officials and others will gather Thursday night to mark construction of the $65 million Gateway Performance Complex and the future home of the Gretchen Valade Jazz Center.READ MORE: Five Michigan Students Named 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars
The Performance Complex will have three theaters, production space for students and a cafe for guests who attend performances. Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre will be renovated to become a 200-seat jazz center named for Valade, a Detroit-area philanthropist and granddaughter of the founder of Carhartt Clothing.READ MORE: Beaumont & Other Metro Detroit Clinics Begin Pfizer Vaccinations For Ages 12 & Up
Valade has committed more than $7 million to Wayne State’s jazz program. She founded Mack Avenue Records and owns the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe Farms.MORE NEWS: Mobile Soup Kitchens Take Food, Vaccine To Detroit's Poorest
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