Only 11 spaces remain for naming in the Clayton Center for the Arts

When fund-raising for the Clayton Center for the Arts began, administrators identified 69 spaces in the facility that could be “named” by donors. Today, Clayton Center officials report that the number is 11.

“Fund-raising is continuing, but opportunities to name a space in the Clayton Center for the Arts are quickly disappearing,” said Holly Jackson-Ludlow, vice president for advancement and community relations. “People who have been thinking about putting their name, their loved one’s name or a business’ name in the Clayton Center really should contact us now.”

Jackson-Ludlow said that three spaces remain for contributions of $25,000: Two student dressing rooms and one changing room. Three spaces also remain for gifts of $100,000 each: The costumer shop, a ceramics/sculpture studio and a printmaking studio. Four spaces with naming opportunities each priced at $250,000 are available: The music hall café, student art gallery, outdoor plaza and premier special events room.

Donors can name the prep piano suite for a contribution of $500,000.

Jackson-Ludlow explained that named spaces carrying a price tag of $100,000 or less are payable over five years; spaces that carry a $250,000 or more price tag are payable over 10 years.

For more information about giving to the Clayton Center for the Arts, call 865.273.8884, email or go to

The Choral Note Society, a group of local musicians and music supporters, is spearheading an effort to raise $250,000 to name the Clayton Center’s choral rehearsal room for the late Dr. Harry Harter, who directed the Maryville College Concert Choir for 34 years and chaired the College’s Fine Art Division from 1964 until 1981.

An informational session on the fund-raising campaign is planned for 7 p.m., Nov. 19 in the Parish House of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 314 West Broadway, Maryville. The College’s vocal ensemble, Off Kilter, will give a special performance.

Gifts of all sizes are being accepted to raise the remaining $6 million needed for a successful completion of the campaign, Jackson-Ludlow emphasized.

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