The doors to the Hendricks Center for the Arts will be propped open and the campus invited in at 5 p.m. tonight (immediately following convocation). Faculty, staff, and students are invited downtown for pizza and a first look at the newly finished, 58,000-square-foot classroom and small performance facility.
Polished original terrazzo floors in the main floor lobby will reflect a floating ceiling “cloud” that leads visitors back toward two modern dance studios. Elsewhere, hallway study nooks will boast Ethernet hookups and street views through the former library’s distinctive, double-paned exterior windows.
The Hendricks Center for the Arts was a gift made possible through the generosity of Diane Hendricks, chair of ABC Supply of Beloit, and her late husband Ken Hendricks, a longtime college trustee.
The event, which replaces the Welcome Back Picnic, will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.in the Hendricks Center parking lot and will feature entertainment by the Chicago Afrobeat Project. Inside the building, music and dance faculty and staff will be on hand to introduce you to their new classroom, studio, office, and performance spaces. There’ll be prizes, too, the likes of which could keep you well-fed (gift certificates to favorite local restaurants) and well-read (five $100 gift-cards for Turtle Creek Bookstore)!
In case of inclement weather, this welcome-back celebration will be held in Commons.