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  • Pablo Center at the Confluence Welcomes New Staff

    Pablo Center at the Confluence hires six new staff members, including Director of Operations

    Pablo Center at the Confluence is pleased to announce six new job positions have been recently filled with staff coming from the local level, within the region, and out of state with start dates between August 6 and September 1, 2018. Newly hired positions include: Director of Operations, Project Coordinator, Sales and Booking Manager, Front of House and Box Office Manager, Visual and Literary Arts Manager; and Community Outreach and Workforce Development Manager.

     

    Director of Operations
    Jason Harris is the Director of Production and Operations at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. A transplant from Kansas City, he’s married to Michelle and has four kids – Josh, Ginger, Kelly, and Jack – that range from college to elementary-aged. He was previously the Director of Theatre Design/Technology and an Associate Professor at Avila University and Technical Director of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center; and he’s been working in theatre production the past 25 years.

     

    Project Coordinator
    Mark Lundin is the Project Coordinator for Pablo Center at the Confluence. He has worked for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras and as a music educator and clinician. He has taught vocal music in public schools for eight years and is currently on the Governance Board for the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School. Lundin is a proud UW-Eau Claire alum and is excited to be a part of our region’s vibrant arts community.

     

    Sales and Booking Manager
    Brianna Hotchkiss was trained in production and technical theatre at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She toured with Sesame Street Live in 2006 and worked as the lighting designer and technical jack-of-all-trades for the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre from 2007-2011. Most recently, she was the Production Manager at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center.

     

    Front of House and Box Office Manager

    It is with great excitement that Derek Brehm will be returning to the Eau Claire arts community to lead The Pablo Center’s Box Office and Front of House operations. He comes to the Pablo Center with over 10 years of ticketing experience in multiple venues along with 25 years within arts organizations in the Chippewa Valley, Clearwater, Florida, and Madison, WI. Derek earned his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in 2015. Most recently Derek has been the Box Office Manager with Madison Ticket Agency overseeing ticketing at the Alliant Energy Center, Breese Stevens Field, and multiple other venues in Madison WI.

     

    Visual and Literary Arts Manager
    As Director of Visual Arts for the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, Rose Dolan-Neill has five years’ experience working directly with the arts community in Eau Claire, and close to ten years of contributing to the success of the region’s creative economy by providing excellent leadership at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Rose is excited to contribute to the success of the Pablo Center at the Confluence, and to continue her advocacy for the arts in the Chippewa Valley by serving as Visual and Literary Arts Manager for Pablo Center.

     

    Community Outreach and Workforce Development Manager

    Dr. Michael Lee is a graduate of UW-Stout, having earned degrees in Career and Technical Education and Business Administration. For the past seven years, he has been serving international students and developing international partnerships while working in UW-Stout’s Office of International Education. Michael is a Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (Azerbaijan, 2006-2008).
    Executive Director, Jason Jon Anderson, said, “It is with great excitement that we announce and welcome these new staff members to our team. They each bring a passion and expertise to their positions which will only add to the Pablo Center’s staff progress and projects momentum. Being able to attract this incredibly talented staff from around the region and nation highlights the uniqueness of the Eau Claire creative economy and how truly incredible this world class project is. I am so personally enthused to welcome each of them to the team at Pablo Center at the Confluence.”

    Pablo Center at the Confluence is scheduled to open its doors to the general public at the grand opening celebration on September 22, 2018. More details will be released in the coming month of August along with the inaugural season release.

     

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  • Latest Show Announced for the Jamf Theatre in Pablo Center at the Confluence

    The second show announcement celebrating the inaugural season for Pablo Center at the Confluence has been released today. Phil Cook will be performing in the Jamf Theatre at Pablo Center on October 20th, 2018, as part of his tour supporting his new album, People Are My Drug.

    Having only recently stepped to the center of the stage as a solo artist, Cook now cites the power of community as his thesis statement. Each track on his new album asserts that he alone is no greater than the sum of the people who have brought him to this moment. This is a fitting thesis with the opening of the community-based project, Pablo Center at the Confluence, this September 22. Cook and his band recorded and mixed in both Wisconsin and North Carolina, finishing the record in ten days. The result is a spiritual tour de force, delivered from the gut with open arms.

    Tickets will go on sale later this August following a full inaugural season lineup announcement by Pablo Center at the Confluence. For more details and show information, head to the working website PabloCenter.org.

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  • Pablo Center at the Confluence Project Budget Update

    The mission of the Eau Claire Confluence Arts board (ECCA) and Eau Claire Confluence Council board (ECCC) have been to construct and operate a fully functional state-of-the-art center that serves the many and varied needs of community arts organizations in the visual, literary and performing arts. The Pablo Center at the Confluence is charged with enhancing cultural quality of life and helping to ensure a sustaining economic vitality in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley Region. On September 22, 2018, a little less than 6 months from now; the Pablo Center will be hosting its grand opening. Budgeting has been a very fluid process, driven not just by the construction process for an arts center, but also responding to the unique and transformational opportunities associated with what a center of this magnitude can offer to the region in the form of community benefits, workforce development and innovation. On behalf of ECCA, ECCC and Pablo Center at the Confluence, we are providing a budget update on the project.

    The total budget can be broken down by expenses incurred and funding sources attained. The following page is a detailed and transparent budget update on the project:

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    Expenses

    A) Construction Project Costs (Brick and Mortar) of the physical building

    B) Design & Development Project Costs (Design, Architecture, Consultant, Engineers, Land Survey, Soil Testing, Legal, Insurance, Taxes, Interest Fees), Development Fees

    C) Building Furnishings (Furnishings, Fixtures and Equipment)

    D) Pablo Center Pre-Opening Expenses (Pre-opening systems and expenses)

     

    Funding Sources

    E) State, County, City, Philanthropy and New Market Tax Credits

    F) Funding in Process

     

    Below is a detailed budget explanation:

    EXPENSES

    (A) Construction Project Costs

    Site acquisition and the original project cost of the building have remained the same since breaking ground. In order to value-engineer the building into the original budget, some items crucial to the multiple user groups were removed.

    The mission of this building is to provide a functional visual, literary and performing arts center that will last for generations to come. To ensure the building fulfills its mission, ECCA, ECCC and Pablo Center at the Confluence staff have worked cooperatively to provide the necessary infrastructure in the building at opening. By adding necessary infrastructure items back into the project, there has been an increased physical construction cost of $1.86MM.

    To ensure that any possible design coordination issues do not increase this presented budget between now and opening, a construction contingency of $540,506 has also been added. This contingency is meant to accommodate coordination issues that may arise in the closing months of construction of this project.

    Market and Johnson is using a 2.5% management fee for Pablo Center at the Confluence. The average construction management percent used for a project of this scope is normally between 4% and 4.5% in this region. Market & Johnson’s percentage was the same percentage/fee schedule they used on the open bid proposal for the Eau Claire County Jail expansion.

    (B) Design & Development Project Costs

    The architects, sub-consultants, engineering fees for the design of the building and legal, entitlement and financing costs total just over $5MM.

    Commonweal Development is receiving development and construction administration fees for managing this project for the owner (ECCA). These fees were verified to be dramatically below fair market rate by an independent reviewer. Based on Baker Tilly’s review of private and public development projects, typical developer fees range from 4% to 12% of total project costs. Commonweal has not increased their fees from their original proposal and those fees total about 2% of the revised project budget.

    (C) Building Furnishings

    The original budget accommodated for audio/visual items to be placed in the two primary theatres (JAMF and RCU). The Clearwater Room, three (3) rehearsal rooms, four (4) classrooms, the recording studio and lab spaces did not have technology for meetings or instructional uses.

    These necessary audio/visual technologies were added into the budget to accommodate and ensure all users and groups have a functional arts center. These technologies came with a cost of $3.57MM which is well below the cost of technologies of a building of this nature which generally have a total audio/visual cost of 11%-15% of the total construction budget.

    Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) are the “furnishings” that complete a building. Much like a new home does not account for appliances, furniture or furnishings, neither did this project. The total FF&E budget currently totals $4.32MM. This FF&E list has been prioritized and items will only be purchased as funds become available.

    (D) Pablo Center Pre-Opening Expenses

    All funds that have been donated to the project are going directly to the construction and furnishing of this tremendous center. To ensure funding of the operational needs prior to opening all of the pre-opening expenses from software, IT systems, website development, branding, and staff have been moved into the pre-opening expenses and added as part of the soft-costs totaling $926,500.

    FUNDING SOURCES

    Current funding stands at $50,999,853.

    (E) State, County, City, Philanthropy and New Market Tax Credits

    State, County and City Funding Sources: Taxpayer funding (State – $15MM, County – $3.5MM, City – $5MM) remains unchanged at $23.5MM. No new tax dollars have been or are being requested for this project.

    Philanthropy: The philanthropy of this project has been incredible. Through the epic generosity of individuals, families, corporations and foundations we have raised $24MM for this once in a lifetime project.

    New Market Tax Credit: As the hub to this regions creative economy, Pablo Center at the Confluence received new market tax credits totaling $3.475MM.

    (F ) Remaining Funds Needed

    Grant funding will be a crucial source to close the remaining funding gaps. ECCC has been actively working on numerous grants and feels positive that significant progress will be made over the next two months. Expected grants currently account for $4.19MM of the remaining funds.

    Remaining funds to be fulfilled will come from gifts and donations from those who support and want to be a significant partner of Eau Claire’s renaissance. With incredible gifts from individuals, businesses and other regional partners like the Pablo Foundation (naming rights to the building), we will make great strides toward completing this transformative project.

    The Pablo Center at the Confluence represents what is possible when we all work together on a common goal. This is a project that will transform the region by inspiring, entertaining, causing reflection and continuing the region’s tremendous growth.

    Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson said, “Everyone will feel comfortable in this center as they grow, learn, imagine, create, cry, sing, laugh and experience the shared human-condition together. As the regions hub to the creative economy this building needs to be a beacon of our future possibilities. I truly believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure current and future generations have access to the best art forms the world has to offer.”

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  • Get Your Tickets For Our First Announced Show!

    Head to our website, PabloCenter.org, to get your tickets for our newly announced show, An Evening With The Tallest Man On Earth – When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground Tour!

    This show will take place in the RCU Theatre with tickets starting at $30.

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  • PABLO CENTER AT THE CONFLUENCE ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Pablo Center at the Confluence announced today that the Confluence Council, Inc. Board of Directors has hired Jason Jon Anderson as its next Executive Director. Anderson has been serving as Acting Executive Director since last October.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Jason Jon Anderson as the new Executive Director. We look forward to his leadership as the organization grows as well as the energy, passion and dedication he brings to the Pablo Center at the Confluence,” Vicki Hoehn, Chair of the Board, said.

    Before serving as the Acting Executive Director, Anderson oversaw Conferences & Event services in all University venues, as well as in other performance venues on and off campus for the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He was also responsible for the development and administration of conferences, camps, campus-wide special events, festivals and other large events held on and off campus.

    “Having actively been a part of our creative economy on a local, national and international scale for the last several years I am excited to help ensure the continued renaissance of our region,” Anderson said. “The Pablo Center at the Confluence is the most critical project for the continued success of our downtown development as well as our literary, visual and performing arts; it must be the welcoming creative hub to everything we have all worked so hard to create.  I am most excited to lead the staff and building into our inaugural season.”

    Scheduled to open September of 2018, the Pablo Center at the Confluence 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 Pablo Center at the Confluence offers the community a facility capable of providing transformative training, learning and creative opportunities. It 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.

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  • PABLO CENTER AT THE CONFLUENCE TO HOST THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH DURING INAUGURAL SEASON

    Pablo Center at the Confluence will be host to The Tallest Man On Earth on November 19, 2018 in its inaugural season. The Tallest Man On Earth’s five part series: When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground was announced as part its fall tour with a new song and video release.

    “An Ocean” is the first song in a new series by The Tallest Man On Earth called When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground. Each song is a new, original studio recording and will include the simultaneous release of an accompanying video directed by Kristian Matsson. Both the music and videos are an ongoing project that will be produced as the series progresses during the winter, spring and summer of 2018 in Sweden and the US, with Matsson splitting his time behind the microphone and the camera. Beginning March 9 a song and video will be released each month.

    A year ago Matsson began pursuing a vision, though he wasn’t quite sure what it was. Something about making music but getting away from the cycle of having to record a dozen songs and then wait almost a year for them to come out. Something too about making his own videos, an expansion on a long-time interest in photography and filmmaking. What came to be was A Light In Demos. Songs were recorded quickly, almost entirely on camera. Songs and videos were developed simultaneously at an unreasonable pace, which gave way to a frenetic energy that Matsson found exhilarating. The Light In Demos helped pave the way for When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground, which expands on the original concept by changing it in a few major ways. This time around songs will also be recorded in the studio allowing them to be properly mixed and mastered, additionally the songs will be released on their own and available wherever you listen to music.

    The Tallest Man On Earth is also announcing When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground Tour in support of the project. The solo shows will take place in select cities worldwide. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 16 at 12 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Pablo Center at the Confluence’s new website PabloCenter.org, which is set to go live on March 14.

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  • Michael Perry’s Idea of the Confluence

    We have some exciting news to announce! Naming rights have been secured for the arts center located at the Confluence. The Pablo Foundation, a local philanthropic group, has made a generous $5 million donation to the project for the naming rights of the building which have been available since its inception. We are proud to announce the official name of the arts center as Pablo Center at the Confluence.

    Check out Michael Perry‘s original poem and narration to a video we think will get you excited for this September 2018.

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  • CONFLUENCE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES BUILDING NAME CHANGE

    Naming Rights Secured: Pablo Center at the Confluence

    EAU CLAIRE, WI – The Confluence Council, Inc. is excited to announce the naming rights have been secured for the arts center located at the Confluence. The Pablo Foundation, a local philanthropic group, has made a generous $5 million donation to the project for the naming rights of the building which have been available since its inception. The Confluence Council, Inc. is proud to announce the official name of the arts center as Pablo Center at the Confluence.

    The Pablo Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pablo Properties, LLC. Pablo Properties was created to invest in downtown Eau Claire, and so far has built the Jamf office, the Lismore, and partnered in the Oxbow, bringing over 300 jobs to downtown Eau Claire. Both entities care about creating a healthy and sustainable community.

    The Pablo Foundation’s three founding board members Julia Johnson, Jason Wudi and Zach Halmstad, were present for a private press conference this afternoon at VolumeOne. One of the donors explained, “The Pablo Foundation, which will focus on housing, health, education, and the arts, is proud to donate $5 million for naming rights on the arts center. The Pablo Center at the Confluence will provide opportunities to observe and participate in cultural experiences that were not previously available in this area. This improves the education and quality of life for everybody that takes advantage of this programming.”

    The Pablo Foundation’s co-founders also said, “The announcement of the Confluence Project five years ago is what spurred the creation of Pablo Properties for investing in downtown Eau Claire. We are grateful to be able to bring this full circle and provide this donation to the project. We are excited to see our name in the company of other great community contributors like Royal Credit Union, Jamf, Oakleaf physicians, Market & Johnson, Inc., Orgel Wealth Management, Lasker Jewelers, BMO Harris Bank, Commonweal Development Corporation and donors towards the Laurie Bieze Permanent Art Collection.”
    The Confluence Council, Inc. and the Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc. boards both voted in support of this name change last month. Acting Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson said, “The Pablo Foundation has joined other tremendous businesses, groups and individuals in one of the most significant projects that will help grow Eau Claire’s industry and creative economy. It is through incredible philanthropy that this building will become a reality and that we can ensure the regional artistic programs will be a success. There are still many opportunities for businesses and individuals to assist us in completing our construction and programming goals. We are all excited to see the Pablo Center at the Confluence open this September.”

    The Pablo Center at the Confluence will unveil a new logo and branding in the upcoming month along with a new website.

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  • Drone Footage of Construction Progress – 2.5.18

    A lot changes in a month! Here is the newest drone video of the Confluence Arts Center. You’ll notice curtain wall windows have been installed and the exterior stone has made great progress. Work also begins prepping for the copper installations on the rounded areas of the building. Thank you to Market & Johnson, Inc. for the video and for all of your amazing work! To see all of the monthly drone progress videos, head to our construction tab!

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  • Best Project in Progress Last Year

    You betcha it’s happening! We were voted Best Project in Progress Last Year by VolumeOne readers and our community! Thank you to all for your support, encouragement and love for this community throughout this entire project. We wouldn’t be here without you and can’t wait to unveil the Confluence Arts Center this September!

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  • MAKE THE MATCH

    We’re almost seven months away to opening! We still have now through August 31 to double any donations given to the project if we can reach our $2 million goal! Please consider making a pledge of any amount and help us Make the Match!

    >> http://communityfortheconfluence.org/

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  • CONFLUENCE HIRES DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING

    Director of Artistic Programming Brings Over 20 of Years Experience to the Confluence

    (Eau Claire, WI, January 26, 2018) – After a two-month national search, the Confluence Arts Center is pleased to announce that the position of Director of Artistic Programming has been filled. Brenna St. George Jones of New York, New York will fill this vital role and create the inaugural season. She is eager to bring her experience and talents to the Chippewa Valley and the Confluence Arts Center. She has built her career on the idea that the arts have a unique
    power to shape the world around them.

    St. George Jones said, “I am thrilled to join the Confluence team, and the Chippewa Valley community, as we embark on this exciting new venture. It’s not often you are offered the chance be a part of something extraordinary, in the truest sense of the word. I look forward to highlighting the best of an already thriving regional arts scene, while bringing to the Confluence Center the world-class performers and diverse audiences worthy of its world-class venues.”

    St. George Jones’ career highlights include being Company Manager for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble as well as an extensive freelance career. St. George Jones worked for the Miller Theatre and Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts over the past nine years where she most recently led as the Senior Director. The Confluence Arts Center is looking forward to bringing St. George Jones’ skills to this unique community arts project and its community partners that also include the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

    Acting Executive Director, Jason Jon Anderson said, “After an extensive national search I am excited to be adding Brenna’s skills and talents to the Confluence team. I know she will work with local artists, local musicians, literary artists, theatre groups and stakeholders to ensure an inaugural season that will fulfill the Confluence’s mission as well as highlight the incredible creative economy of this region. She will ensure that the Confluence Arts Centers programming meets and exceeds our regions expectations.”

    St. George Jones has roots and ties in both Minnesota and Wisconsin making this an exciting move to a city that straddles big city and small-town life. She is eager to start her new position which will allow her to use her skills with new and exciting challenges.

     

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  • Confluence Arts Center Receives Financial Support from UWEC Student Office of Sustainability

    (Eau Claire, WI) – The Confluence Arts Center is proud to announce the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Student Office of Sustainability will provide financial support for LED lighting throughout the entire Confluence structure. On October 16, 2017, a resolution through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was passed approving the Student Senate to allocate $71,540 from their Green Fund to provide financial support to the Confluence Arts Center. This funding supports the Student Office of Sustainability’s mission to provide educational opportunities through their Green Fund.

    On November 8, 2017, acting executive director Jason Jon Anderson led the Student Senate on an exclusive tour of the building. With them they brought a check to present to the Confluence Arts Center (pictured above). “The Confluence Arts Center has incorporated numerous sustainability features into its construction.  With theatrical lighting still being one of the largest power burdens on any performance/event space, this commitment ensures that even our shows will be energy conscious.  This generous gift from the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate through the Student Office of Sustainability will ensure our commitment to sustainable performance practices already in-use in Schofield Auditorium and the W.R. Davies Student Center.”

    The resolution states the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be able to provide their students with more opportunities to live, work and spend time in the downtown are through the opening of the Confluence Arts Center.

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  • Hospitality Manager Added to the Confluence Arts Center Team

    Eau Claire, WI (October 30, 2017) -The Confluence Arts Center has hired a Hospitality Manager to manage special event sales, front of house management as well as hospitality and food and beverage coordination.

    On October 23, 2017, Amy O’Connor (pictured above) joined the Confluence Arts Center team as Hospitality Manager. A graduate of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in Organizational Communication, she most recently served as Front of House Manager at The Informalist. She happily relocated home after 6 years in the Twin Cities last fall, to be a part of building systems and teams at the downtown farm to table restaurant. Outside of restaurant management, Amy has a wide range of experience in finance, philanthropy, event planning and music. “Eau Claire is such a special place. I am grateful to be a part of this powerhouse team dedicated to the arts and the continued reenergizing of downtown.”

    Jason Jon Anderson, Acting Executive Director, said, “I believe Kevin made a great choice in hiring Amy as she is a very talented staff member who brings great experience to the areas of audience and artist hospitality.  As the Hospitality Manager she is focused on ensuring that audiences and artists alike each have a positive and memorable experience at the Confluence. I know she will ensure a successful operation that exceeds the budget projections and guest expectations.”

    The Confluence Arts Center will offer the community a facility capable of providing transformative training, learning and creative opportunities. Operations are 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. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

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  • Confluence Arts Center Press Release

    October 25, 2017

    Confluence Arts Center Executive Director Kevin Miller Resigns

    The Confluence Council, which oversees operations of the Confluence Arts Center, on Monday, October 23, accepted the resignation of Kevin Miller, the art center’s executive director, effective immediately.

    Jason Jon Anderson, assistant director of conferences and event services for University Centers at UW-Eau Claire, now will serve as acting executive director of the Confluence Arts Center.

    At UW-Eau Claire, Anderson oversees event services in all University Centers venues, as well as in other performance venues on and off campus. He also is responsible for the development and administration of conferences, camps, campus-wide special events, festivals and other large events held on and off campus. In addition, he is the production director for the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, and production manager for the band Bon Iver.

    The Confluence Council will begin a new search as soon as possible for a permanent executive director.

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  • Confluence Arts Center Announces Growing Team with Two New Hires

    Eau Claire, WI (October 13, 2017) – The Confluence Arts Center has added to its team by two. Sadie Hamill and Elaine Coughlin, both of Eau Claire, join Executive Director Kevin Miller in temporary office space in downtown Eau Claire while construction continues. With the opening next year, this growing team will have plenty to plan for and more roles to fill.

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    Sadie Hamill will serve as the Confluence Arts Center’s Executive Administrator. Hamill, who has a degree in Arts Management, worked fo
    r the City of Eau Claire from 2005-2017. Prior to her tenure with the City, Hamill was employed by the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, serving in marketing and bookkeeping capacities. Hamill, a visual artist, has been a member of the Janet Carson Gallery’s Visual Arts Committee for several years. “Having worked in downtown Eau Claire nearly the entirety of my professional career, it has been astounding to witness the resurgence of the downtown. I am tremendously excited to be a part of the Confluence Arts Center’s role in shaping Eau Claire.”


    Elaine Coughlin, a native of Eau Claire, will serve as the Marketing Coordinator for the Confluence Arts Center. Coughlin, who has an Associate’s degree in Marketing from the Chippewa Valley Technical college and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, previously worked as a Business Assistance Specialist for the City of Eau Claire and Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. from 2014-2016. She most recently worked as Marketing Director for the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. “Working with the creative economy in Eau Claire over the past few years has been so rewarding and I can’t wait to bring my passion for this city and the arts to the Confluence Arts Center.”

    Miller, who was hired this past July by the Confluence Council, Inc., says, “I’m excited to see all of the local professional talent in the Chippewa Valley. We’re confident this is building a strong team for the success of the Confluence Arts Center.”

    The Confluence Arts Center will offer the community a facility capable of providing transformative training, learning and creative opportunities. Operations are 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. The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

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  • Confluence Arts Center and Blugold Radio partner for unique patio concert at Haymarket Landing

    The Confluence Arts Center, in collaboration with Blugold Radio 99.9 FM, announces a special outdoor concert at Haymarket Landing overlooking the building site of the new Arts Center on Friday, August 25th at 7 pm. The concert will feature Eau Claire Bands Dames, Idle Empress and Heart Pills.

    The free concert is being held to showcase the focus on local arts and music which the Confluence Arts Center will bring to the community and the music played daily on Blugold Radio. Both organizations realize the need for a strong commitment to the music community.

    Kevin Miller, Executive Director of the Confluence Arts Center says, “The Confluence is thrilled to partner with Blugold radio as we showcase a vital tent pole of the Eau Claire art scene — local music.”

    “Eau Claire’s artists, performers, writers, and students all will have an exciting new home come September 2018 – – that home is the Confluence.” Miller continues, “There has been a great deal of planning, progress, construction, and excitement for the future. But it’s time we get back to basics and showcase what Eau Claire and the Confluence is all about — great local artists in a great local venue celebrating together.”

    Blugold Radio Station Manager Scott Morfitt echoes Miller saying, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the Confluence Arts Center on this special patio concert. With all the current national attention being paid to this scene, we are working very hard to create more opportunities and spaces to celebrate the depth of great talent we have here.”

    This concert will be free and open to the public. However, due to a 250 person capacity, attendees will need to make a reservation through Blugold Radio on their website BlugoldRadio.org. A ticket link will be in the banner at the top of the page. Tickets will be available on Thursday, August 10th.

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  • Council announces new Confluence Arts Center executive director

    June 29, 2017

    A 10-year leader in the Fond du Lac arts community who also is a UW-Eau Claire alumnus has been named the first executive director of the Confluence Arts Center in Eau Claire.

    Kevin Miller, who has been the executive director of the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac since 2007 and led that organization through a facility renovation and expansion in 2012-13, was selected by the Confluence Council Inc. following a national search. He will start his new position July 17.

    “Kevin Miller brings a demonstrated track record for strong relationship building and fundraising, along with local roots and statewide connections, to the position,” said Vicki Hoehn, Confluence Council board president. “He has a strong working knowledge of the industry and a vision for artistic excellence, job creation and educational opportunities.”

    As Confluence Arts Center executive director, Miller will provide leadership, create vision, foster an environment for learning, and carry out strategic planning and programing. He will manage the administrative staff, lead fundraising efforts, establish relationships within the local and regional communities, and ensure the highest levels of excellence in the delivery of outstanding audience and artist experience.

    “As a UW-Eau Claire theatre alumnus, it’s gratifying to see how the arts are truly inspiring the entire community,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with all of the wonderfully creative folks of Eau Claire as we take the next steps forward together for the Confluence, for the arts, for Eau Claire.”

    While serving as executive director of THELMA, as the Fond du Lac arts center is called, Miller oversaw the facility’s extensive renovation and expansion from its origins as an abandoned Masonic temple. Under his 10 years of leadership, THELMA raised more than $12 million, including $8 million donated during a successful capital campaign to support the renovation and expansion project.

    Miller booked, negotiated and managed more than 1,000 musical concerts and theatre performances at THELMA, ranging from local to nationally prominent acts. He also created partnerships between THELMA and numerous local organizations, and he created the Greater Fond du Lac Arts and Entertainment District, which led to more than $90 million in new projects in downtown Fond du Lac.

    Miller studied theatre at UW-Eau Claire and also received a master of fine arts degree in 1992 from UW-Milwaukee.

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  • The State of the Confluence

    May 19, 2017

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Ben Richgruber, Executive Director
    Eau Claire Regional Arts Council
    316 Eau Claire St.
    Eau Claire, WI 54701
    ben@eauclairearts.com

    Please join us for a State of the Confluence update on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 pm at the construction site of the Confluence Arts Center. Hear from supporters, local officials and get the latest updates as we celebrate the five-year anniversary of the start of this project.

     

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    Gifts and pledges are being accepted here!

    Gifts and pledges are being accepted by both the Eau Claire Community Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation. For details on how and where to give go to www.communityfortheconfluence.org or contact Susan Bornick, executive director of the Community Foundation at 715-552-3801, or Kimera Way, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 715-836-5180.
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In the News

It’s Official: Eau Claire’s New Downtown Arts Center Has a Name
VolumeOne – February 16, 2018

Trio do­nate $5M, name art cen­ter
Leader-Telegram – February 16, 2018

Naming rights sold for Confluence Arts Center
WEAU – February 16, 2018

Naming rights to Eau Claire Confluence Arts Center unveiled
WQOW – February 16, 2018

Confluence Arts Center: Newly hired artistic director has big, splashy, intimate plans for center’s first season in 2018-19
Leader-Telegram – February 2, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Backstage look at Eau Claire’s Confluence Arts
WQOW – January 26, 2018

Sizable donation gifted to Eau Claire Confluence project
WEAU – January 11, 2018

Inside Eau Claire’s Confluence Arts Center
WEAU – December 20, 2017

Fill-in lead: Jason Jon Anderson is confident he’s right person to step in to lead Confluence Arts Center to its destiny as centerpiece of revitalized downtown Eau Claire
Leader-Telegram – November 3, 2017

UWEC Grad Will Hit Ground Running as Confluence Arts Center Director
VolumeOne – June 29, 2017

Ashley Furniture makes $25,000 donation to Confluence Arts Center
WQOW – February 20, 2017

Ceremonial start of the Confluence Arts Center construction
Leader-Telegram – October 7, 2016

Xcel donates $250,000 to Confluence Project
Leader-Telegram – May 17, 2016

Xcel Energy announces $250,000 donation to Confluence Arts Center
WEAU – May 17, 2016

Confluence plans clear final hurdle

WEAU – Mar 22, 2016

Eau Claire City Council to vote on arts center design
Leader Telegram – Mar 22, 2016

Public meeting held for Confluence Arts Center
WEAU – Mar 22, 2016

Arts center, UW-EC plans reach City Council
Leader Telegram – Mar 19, 2016

Plan Commission approves arts center site plan
Leader Telegram – Mar 15, 2016

Confluence Project: Open bids, closed meetings
Leader Telegram – Mar 9, 2016

Transfer of Confluence property made
WEAU – Mar 8, 2016

Confluence Arts Center board hires auditing firm, construction manager
Leader Telegram – March 8, 2016

Arts center transparency touchy subject
Leader Telegram – Feb 17, 2016

This is what’s possible when we pull together
Leader Telegram – Feb 10, 2016

Stakeholders release Confluence Arts Center Plans
WEAU – Feb 9, 2016

Confluence fundraising at $11.5M

Leader Telegram – Feb 6, 2016

Confluence Project performing arts center design unveiling nears

Leader Telegram – Feb 6, 2016

Arts, cultural scene helps attract business

Leader Telegram – Jan 31, 2016

Confluence offer too good to miss

Leader Telegram – Dec 18, 2015

Students pledge $50,000 toward Confluence

Leader Telegram – Dec 18, 2015

Time winding down for Confluence fundraising campaign

WEAU – Dec 16, 2015

Eau Claire Confluence project receives big donation

WQOW – Dec 14, 2015

Confluence Arts Center campaign receives two additional pledges

WEAU – Dec 4, 2015

Council Inks Confluence Agreement

Volume One – Nov 25, 2015

Confluence Arts Center gains three new pledges

Leader Telegram – Oct 12, 2015

County reaffirms $3.5M in funding for Confluence Project

WEAU – Sep 15, 2015

County Board OKs $3.5M for Confluence with contingencies 

Leader Telegram – Sep 15, 2015

Local county commission approves resolution to pledge $3.5M to arts portion of Confluence Project

WQOW – Aug 11, 2015

New Eau Claire TIF district eyed to fund downtown upgrades

Leader Telegram – Aug 1, 2015

Arts center fundraising needs final push

Leader Telegram – July 19, 2015

Confluence funding moves forward

WEAU – Jul 13, 2015

Behind-the-scenes lobbying saved state funding for Eau Claire performing arts center

Leader Telegram – May 29, 2015

Rep. Bernier & Sen. Moulton discuss funding for Confluence

WEAU – May 29, 2015

If funding secured for project, developer hopes arts center can be completed by end of 2016

Leader Telegram – May 29, 2015

State funding restored for Confluence Project

Milwaukee Business News – May 28, 2015

Joint Finance about-face great news

Leader Telegram – May 27, 2015

Mason Trust Pledges $100k to Confluence Performing Arts Center

Volume One – Apr 13, 2015

Big Orange Crane

Volume One – Apr 1, 2015

Construction Company Pledges $250K Toward Eau Claire Arts Center

WPR – Mar 30, 2015

Eau Claire city leaders ask legislators to back Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – Mar 23, 2015

TIF used as intended in downtown

Leader Telegram – Mar 16, 2015

Candidates differ over $5 million city pledge to Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – Mar 12, 2015

Commonweal Pledges $100K to Confluence Arts Center

Volume One – Mar 10, 2015

Confluence Project 50 for 50 campaign met, expanded, renamed

WQOW – Mar 10, 2015

A tale of two cities, with one difference

Leader Telegram – Feb 15, 2015

Nationally known musicians to donate to Confluence

Leader Telegram – Feb 12, 2015

Art crawl raises money for Confluence Project

WEAU – Feb 7, 2015

It’s third and goal for arts center effort

Leader Telegram – Feb 2, 2015

Bipartisan regional support seen for Confluence in Legislature

Leader Telegram – Jan 31, 2015

Consultant: Arts center would increase development, jobs

Leader Telegram – Jan 28, 2015

UWEC Professor explains the economic impact of Confluence Project

WEAU – Jan 29, 2015

UPDATE: Walker’s budget will include $15M for Confluence

Volume One – Jan 28, 2015

Walker’s $15M pledge for Confluence cheers supporters

Leader Telegram – Jan 28, 2015

Gov. Walker announces matching funds for Confluence Project

WQOW – Jan 28, 2015

Confluence arts center fundraising nears halfway mark

Leader Telegram – Jan 15, 2015

Confluence Project claimed the No. 1 spot on the Leader-Telegram’s list of top local stories for the second year running

Leader Telegram – Dec 29, 2014

Gov. Walker wants to make sure plan for Confluence Project ensures success

WEAU – Dec 17, 2014

Construction underway at Confluence Project’s ‘Haymarket Landing’

WQOW – Dec 16, 2014

Panel favors pedestrian bridge over Eau Claire River

Leader Telegram – Dec 11, 2014

Put your money where your heart is

Volume One – Dec 11, 2014

Turning a New Page

Volume One – Nov 27, 2014

Art Center Design

Leader Telegram – Nov 25, 2014

Court deadlines set in suit related to Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – Nov 19, 2014

Haymarket Landing a huge step forward

Leader Telegram – Nov 16, 2014

Northwestern Bank pledges $100,000 to Confluence Project

Chippewa Valley Business Report – Oct 22, 2014

Confluence Project development agreement released

WQOW – Oct 10, 2014

Commission approves Confluence Project’s mixed-use building

Leader Telegram – Sep 24, 2014

Leaders named for Confluence Campaign

Leader Telegram – Sep 22, 2014

Confluence project fundraising effort organized and underway

WEAU – Sep 22, 2014

More buildings dismantled to make way for Confluence Project

WEAU – Sep 19, 2014

City Votes to Support Confluence Non-Profit

WEAU – Sep 9, 2014

Downtown demolition draws spectators to sidewalks

WQOW – Aug 26, 2014

UW System regents verbally back Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – Aug 21, 2014

City leaders react to Confluence Project funding changes

WEAU – Aug 20, 2014

Regents consider new way for Confluence funding

Chippewa Herald – Aug 18, 2014

Hotel renovations would aid Confluence funding

Leader Telegram – Aug 17, 2014

Confluence Project alive due to public-private partnership

Chippewa Valley Business Report – Jul 28, 2014

Confluence fundraising effort begins

WEAU – Jul 25, 2014

The Confluence: It’s still up to you

Volume One – Jul 23, 2014

Governor Walker speaks in support of the Confluence Project

Volume One – Jun 23, 2014

Inside the ‘Black Box’

Volume One – May 15, 2014

Taking next steps as Confluence Project moves forward

Leader Telegram – May 7, 2014

Area lawmakers need to push Confluence

Leader Telegram – April 10, 2014

The Confluence Project Wins Big

Volume One – April 2, 2014

Referendum results final, Confluence Project finish line still a ways off

WQOW TV-18 – April 2, 2014

WPR Covers Confluence Project

Wisconsin Public Radio – March 31, 2014

Donors pledge $675K to Confluence, put total over $5M

Volume One – March 27, 2014

Long-term View Needed in Arts Center Decision

Leader Telegram – February 2, 2014

Confluence Referendum Wording Concerns UW-EC students

Leader Telegram – January 31, 2014

Local Meeting with State Arts Board Leaders Addresses Strategies for Thriving

Leader Telegram – January 28, 2014

Confluence Project Developer Reacts to County-Wide Referendum

WQOW TV-18 – January 22, 2014

County Board OKs Confluence Funding, but Only if Referendum is Held

Leader Telegram – January 21, 2014

New Group Supporting the Confluence Project Targets Young Entrepreneurs

WQOW TV-18 – January 16, 2014

Confluence Referendum Petition Verified; Council Action Possible This Month

Leader Telegram – January 10, 2014

Chamber President Urges Members to support Project

Leader Telegram – January 9, 2014

Walker Should Like The Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – June 23, 2013

Will This Venue Work?
Volume One Magazine – May 22, 2013

Zach Halmstad announces $500,000 gift from JAMF Software

JAMF Software – May 20, 2013

JAMF Software Pledges $500,000 to Confluence Project

Volume One Magazine – Mar. 13, 2013

UWEC Student Senate gives $50,000 and their support [PDF]

UW-Eau Claire Student Senate – Nov. 19, 2012

UW Regents approve concept [PDF]

Capital Planning & Budget Committee – Oct. 4, 2012

RCU gives $1,000,000 to Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – Sep. 19, 2012

Stars Align For Confluence Project

Leader Telegram – May 23, 2012

Businesses React To Place For Downtown Dormitory And Arts Center

Leader Telegram – May 16, 2012

$85 Million “Confluence Project” coming downtown

Volume One Magazine – May 15, 2012