A $5 million pledge from Chancellor Emeritus Alex Ewing will serve as the lead gift in a comprehensive fundraising campaign by the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Chancellor Lindsay Bierman has announced. One of the largest gifts in the 50-year history of the school, it will result in the renaming of the largest performance venue on campus.

Performance Place, which contains Gerald Freedman Theatre, Catawba Theatre and Patrons Theatre, will be named Alex Ewing Performance Place, Bierman said. It is the primary training facility for the schools of Drama and Design & Production, and also hosts performances by the School of Music, including the Jazz Ensemble and opera productions.

“We’re profoundly grateful to Alex for his continued support of the School of the Arts,” Bierman said. “This transformative gift will launch our campaign which will include support for student scholarships, faculty, endowments, educational programs, and critical upgrades to our facilities.”

Chief Advancement Officer Edward J. Lewis said there is more work to be done before the campaign is officially launched, with a goal and timeline to be announced later in the year. “Happily, during this quiet phase, we have the opportunity to build on the momentum of this generous gift, and other recent fundraising success, to ensure a successful comprehensive fundraising campaign,” Lewis said.

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