Guided by our mission as an open-admission, applied-learning university, Missouri Western offers students opportunities to learn in the classroom and beyond.
Missouri Western offers outstanding theatre productions, acclaimed student art exhibits, and talented musicians and artists who garner awards and honors across the country and internationally.
In 2015, Missouri Western State University celebrated its 100th anniversary. Our centennial year was a perfect time to envision Missouri Western’s future and to prepare for the next 100 years.
With its future in mind, the University kicked off a Centennial Capital Campaign. Spratt Memorial Stadium and Potter Hall were identified as Missouri Western’s greatest facility needs. With the use of campaign contributions and revenue bonding in 2015, Spratt Memorial Stadium underwent a complete renovation. Our focus now turns to Potter Hall.
Potter Hall was built when Missouri Western moved to its new campus in 1969. Within a few years, faculty members and students had already outgrown the space. An addition in 1986 helped alleviate the problem, but students continued to flock to Missouri Western’s well-respected School of Fine Arts until the existing facility is bursting at the seams.
Additional classroom and practice space is needed to meet students’ immediate needs. Technological improvements also are vital for the University to remain on the cutting edge. And finally, these talented students need additional performance space.
Currently, the Potter Hall theater seats 430 and is used for both music performances and theatre productions. Because of high demand, many of the music ensembles are forced to perform off-campus. Performance space at peer universities reveals that Missouri Western is the only university without a large performance venue. Missouri Western also has the lowest number of performance seats per student.
Looking ahead, Missouri Western hopes to raise support to build a world-class 800-seat performing arts center to bring our student talent center stage. In addition, gallery and lobby space provides a showcase for the University’s growing base of visual arts students. Cost of the performance center and gallery space is approximately $10 million.
These improvements to Potter Hall will help Missouri Western recruit the brightest and most talented students and serve as one of the region’s leading performing arts centers. To support the arts, our students and the community, please find out how you can help here.