In a private tour on Thursday, June 9, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert gave his seal of approval to the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. Joining Gov. Herbert were State Sen. Evan Vickers, Rep. John Westwood, Rep. Don Ipson and Board of Regents Member Nina Barnes.
State officials were impressed with the $38 million complex, and are eager to celebrate with the Southern Utah community during the formal opening dedication to be held on July 7 at 10 a.m. Gov. Herbert was moved by the vast amount of donors who gave to the project.
“This complex stands as a testament to the value of public-private partnerships,” Gov. Herbert said. “The project itself is an impressive accomplishment. Although the center was built as a 50-year project, anyone who visits will recognize that both the buildings and their influence will last much longer.”
The six-acre complex houses the Southern Utah Museum of Art, the new Engelstad Shakespeare Theater, the Randall L. Jones Theater, and various offices and education areas. The architecture mixes modern and classic styles. Donor names can be seen engraved on the donor walls located throughout the center.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts will incorporate visual arts, live theater and dynamic arts education experiences on the Southern Utah University campus in Cedar City, Utah, and aims to further enrich the cultural life of the region.