Turning over a single shovel full of dirt, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan delivered on his vision to invest in the arts at Texas Tech University.
Surrounded by faculty, students, donors and members of the Lubbock arts community, Duncan signaled the official start of construction for the new School of Theatre & Dance Complex during a groundbreaking on Aug. 11. The two-phase project will expand and renovate the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre building with the first upgrades to the facility in more than 50 years.
The project was made possible last fall by a donation from two of Texas Tech University System’s most ardent supporters, Lubbock philanthropists J.T. and Margaret Talkington.
“Through their lives and philanthropy, J.T. and Margaret Talkington made Texas Tech and Lubbock a better community for all,” said Duncan. “These visionaries understood the potential of the arts to change lives, and this facility will continue the evolution of Texas Tech and Lubbock as an arts destination with global impact.