September 15, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa’s Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center has received a $1 million gift from the family foundation whose name adorns the building. The Gallagher Family Foundation has pledged $1 million toward the estimated $14.5 million renovation of the 20-year-old facility.
“When the late Ed and Cathy Gallagher gave their original gift toward a performing arts center at UNI, they envisioned a facility that would serve as a beacon for arts and music—a cultural center that would enrich the quality of life across the Cedar Valley and the state of Iowa,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook.
At the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center’s opening in 2000, it boasted nearly 100,000 square feet of space designed to host 140 events annually, serving 12,000-14,000 guests in a superb acoustical environment. Today, the Gallagher Bluedorn hosts more than 600 events annually, serving more