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Walsh Unveils New Building Dedicated to the Arts

What's New, 2011-12-22

The New Birk Center for the Arts

Walsh University officially unveiled its newest building, the Birk Center for the Arts, with the start of the January 2012 semester. This new building dedicated to the advancement of the visual and performing arts, will serve as the permanent home for Walsh's music and creative art students in a beautifully designed 13,000 square foot building connected to the south end of the Cecchini Center. Walsh's 24th building on its growing North Canton campus opened for classes with the start of the January 2012 semester and will be officially dedicated on January 27 with a private reception.

The Birk Center for the Arts began as a space dedicated to Walsh's music programs and quickly evolved into a multifunctional building that will serve to attract new students with an interest in musical and visual arts.

The Birk Center for the Arts will accommodate Walsh's growing musical programs and will include a visual art studio for drawing, painting and sculpture classes as well as a spacious atrium to showcase art exhibits and serve as a dramatic backdrop for special campus events. The Dorothy Ling Rehearsal Hall and practice rooms were designed with acoustics in mind and will specifically compliment choral and instrumental instruction.

In addition to a music library, the building will include ample storage facilities for instruments and uniforms for Walsh's marching band and choir members. The Birk Center for the Arts will also include seven offices for the director and staff of Walsh's Fine & Performing Arts Department, as well as two classrooms.

Walsh University plans to use the space to showcase community art and music programs as well. In the summertime, the new building could be used as a local site to host art camps for elementary, middle and high school students.