The McAninch Arts Center building will be undergoing renovations until Spring 2014.
After 25 years of continuous use, the McAninch Arts Center is being renovated. This update will include a new canopy over the entrance, clear glass panels replacing the tinted ones, and a new location for the ticket office. Cummins also stated that in addition there will be “a new concession and bar area in the lobby [that] will provide a visual connection with the Waterleaf fine-dining restaurant in COD’s Culinary & Hospitality Center, located next door to the MAC.”
Inside the 800- seat Main stage, all the seats and wall treatments are being replaced, a new HVAC system will be installed, and the acoustics will be improved to reduce exterior noise. As for classroom renovations, improvements will be made to studio spaces for graphic and fine art. Additionally all hallways will be brightened “to encourage collaborative gathering and critique spaces. Other major infrastructure changes include a new roof, upgrades and integration to building automation systems, and replacement of the skylight systems.”
Since construction just began this fall, it will not be completely finished until Spring 2014. As for the costs of this project, it will cost “$35 million and is funded by the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010.” The college also received a seven-figure gift from DuPage County native and Glen Ellyn resident, Cleve Carney. “The gift will be used to establish the Cleve Carney Art Space in the McAninch Arts Center and the Cleve Carney Art Space Endowment Fund to support the exhibition of contemporary art and provide funding to purchase artwork for the College of DuPage Permanent Art Collection.”
Photography, jewelry, ceramics, motion picture television, sculpture, and music technology programs are still housed in the North east wing of the MAC but other classes will be held in the K building, OCC building, and other classrooms on COD’s main campus. The college theater and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble productions will be held in the K Building Theater. Many of the college music performances will take place in COD Turner Conference Center SRC 2000 and Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. The New Philharmonic performances will be held at Wheaton College and Dominican University. The ticket Box Office is in the MAC lobby until September 18 when it will move to OCC 151. Ticket Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 12pm-5pm, Saturday 10am-12pm, and at the door one hour prior to a performance.
*Published in the College of DuPage Courier, 2013.