In 1997, Emory & Henry created the Division of Visual and Performing Arts, which brought together existing programs in theatre, music and the visual arts. While pulling these programs under the same division, Emory & Henry also enhanced them to provide a greater number of degrees and to create more opportunities for learning and performance. Since then, the number of offerings and students in each of the departments has grown. The Music Department offers majors in church music, performance and music education. The Theatre Department boasts some 55 majors producing a wide variety of quality performances each year. The Art Department has increased in faculty members and students, while offering courses in digital art as well as painting and three-dimensional design.
However, our current center is limited in seating, lighting, sound, set construction and handicap accessibility. Even the strongest academic program cannot compensate for these limitations. Without first-class facilities to allow more professional experiences, prospective students turn to other schools.
The Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts will lead to increased enrollment, better retention, new revenue, stronger learning opportunities, greater Lyceum curriculum offerings and increased visibility and marketability for E&H.