has announced a $100 million gift from David E. and Stacey L. Goel to help fund a research and performance center that will house the (A.R.T.).
Part of the university's plans for a campus expansion, the center will anchor Harvard's arts presence in Allston, where , a 9,000-square-foot hub for arts innovation, recently was completed. Established in 1980, A.R.T. is focused on engaging local students and community members in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities. It will continue to produce work at its current home at the Loeb Drama Center for several years while plans for the new center are developed. The gift also will support arts programs in the , including new uses for the Loeb Drama Center as the university's academic offerings in the arts continue to grow.
"The vision for a new research and performance center will reflect the A.R.T.'s core commitments to artistic excellence, rigorous pedagogy, civic leadership, global engagement, inquiry, and inclusion," said A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus. "We are excited by the transformative possibilities that come with the Goels' astoundingly generous gift. It will allow us to envision a sustainably designed center that encourages creative risk-taking in open, democratic spaces that will feel welcoming and porous to the city.
The Goels said their gift was intended to honor David's parents, "whose love, mentorship, and sacrifice" made his education possible, and was inspired by Harvard University president Larry Bacow's vision to more completely integrate arts programs across the university's academic disciplines.
"There is something almost metaphorically perfect about the architectural license to build a center for the arts at the nucleus of Harvard's expanding campus," said David Goel, a Harvard alumnus ('93) and co-founder and managing general partner of Matrix Capital Management Company, "a physical representation of the idea that each set of academic disciplines is strengthened by proximity, dialogue, and contribution to the same tapestry of human understanding."