THE CONFLUENCE ARTS CENTER
Scheduled to open in fall 2018, the Confluence Arts Center (CAC) will be located in downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin and will include a 1,200‐seat theatre and a flexible 400-seat theatre, rehearsal, dance and community rooms; visual arts studio and galleries, labs for sound and lighting, set and exhibit design, recording arts, multimedia production and costume design; a scene shop equipped to support the maker space and vocational training initiatives; administrative offices for management, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty and Visit Eau Claire staff. The CAC offers the community a facility capable of providing transformative training, learning and creative opportunities. CAC will operate in support of a mission that is focused on augmenting and developing regional education opportunities in the performing and visual arts for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Nestled in northwestern Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley, approximately 85 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Eau Claire was incorporated in 1872. Eau Claire boasted a population of 65,883 during the 2010 U.S. Census. Statewide, Eau Claire has experienced a population increase of approximately 3% since 2010, second only to Madison, the state’s capital.
Originally a lumber town, Eau Claire has become a cultural hub for the arts, music festivals, and fine dining, among other attractions. The community has a diverse and expanding economic base in manufacturing, information technologies, healthcare and retail trade. Eau Claire is also home to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and its award-winning music program.
Eau Claire is a great place for recreation in any of its four seasons. Whether you enjoy bicycling, boating, skiing, golfing or fishing, the Chippewa Valley is full of places for recreational activities.
In the last several years, Eau Claire has been recognized as one of the best cities in the nation for work-life balance, one of the best places to retire, one of the best small places for business and careers and one of the most secure places to live.
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Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc.
Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc. is the non-profit organization that owns the land where the Confluence Arts Center is being built, will own the Arts Center and will be the owner contracting for the construction of the Arts Center. They will oversee the development and construction of the building, and are the final recipient of all funds intended for capital construction and development including philanthropy, grant dollars, city and county funding, and new market tax credits. The organization’s membership includes two representatives from the city, one representative of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council Endowment Trust, one representative from Haymarket Concepts and up to 9 community members who have expertise, experience and direct support of the project.
Jerry Jacobson (CEO of Northwestern Bank) is the chair.
Board of Directors:
- Gerald Jacobson, President
- Zach Halmstad, Vice President
- Kim Way, Assistant Vice President
- Patti Lien, Secretary
- Howard White, Treasurer
- Samir Murty
- Dan Market
- Kerry Kincaid
- Dale Peters
- Lori Ronstad
- John Sackett
- Mark Stoering
Confluence Council, Inc. and Board
The Confluence Council, Inc is the entity charged by Eau Claire Confluence Arts Inc. with the operations of the Confluence Arts Center. This organization will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Arts Center, staffing, scheduling, budgeting and the development of policies and procedures. Members of the Confluence Council include representatives from the city, Visit Eau Claire, arts groups, the university and the community.
Vicki Hoehn (Vice President of Community Engagement) is the chair.
Board of Directors:
- Jason Anderson, UW-Eau Claire
- Mel Breed, Brotoloc Health Care Systems
- Dan Clumpner, Commonweal Development
- Brady Foust
- Arthur Grothe, UW-Eau Claire
- Dan Gustafson, Weld Riley
- Vicki Hoehn, Royal Credit Union
- Linda John, Visit Eau Claire
- Ben Richgruber, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
- Mike Rindo, UW-Eau Claire
- Ann Sessions, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild
- Jay Winzenz, City of Eau Claire