University of Southern Maine Announces New Visual and Performing Arts Center
New England Council member University of Southern Maine (USM) will honor Daniel Crewe, arts champion and brother of acclaimed songwriter Bob Crewe, with a new performing and visual arts center in Portland.
The 40,000-square-foot Crewe Center for the Arts, slated for completion in 2025, will host the university’s renowned Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music. Along with new and improved music education facilities, the center will feature a 200-seat performance hall, concert spaces, a sculpture garden, and an arts terrace. Daniel Crewe, the project’s namesake, recently led a campaign to raise more than $50 million in investments for scholarships, academics, arts, and athletics for USM. University representatives say the Crewe Center for the Arts will breathe new life into Portland’s arts scene. The project is also assisted by award-winning actor and USM graduate Tony Shalhoub, who opened an officiation ceremony for the Center with USM President Jacqueline Edmonson in October.
“Beyond bricks and mortar, the Crewe Center will better serve our talented faculty and students, open the doors to wider community collaboration in music, theater, and the visual arts, and greatly benefit Maine’s unique creative economy,” President Edmonson said.
The New England Council congratulates the University of Southern Maine community for its commitment to the arts.
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