Duke University receives $25M gift to build $50M arts center

DURHAM (WTVD) -- Duke University has received a $25 million gift to help build a new $50 million performing arts center.

In a statement Monday, Duke President Richard Brodhead says "the arts building represents a major step in Duke's commitment to supporting the artistic work of our students and faculty."

The gift comes from David M. Rubenstein, who is chairman of the school's Board of Trustees and a longtime supporter of the arts.

The 71,000-square-foot facility will feature a dance studio, several multi-use studios, a performance theater, library, offices, classrooms and more. Construction is expected to take two years.

The new arts center at Duke is the largest and most recent in a series of university investments in arts facilities, programs and faculty that total close to $100 million over the last decade.

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