The Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts

The Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts
Cost: $5 million
Raised as of 6/30/11: $4.3 million

The Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 Center for the Creative and Applied Arts was officially dedicated on April 30, 2011 and opens to students in the Fall 2011.

This important new facility provides:

• Additional classroom and multi-purpose space especially well-suited for the Fashion Program and other applied arts as identified in the College's Strategic Plan.

• 17 new faculty offices -- making it possible to group department faculty together across campus.

• Climate controlled display and storage space suitable for archival preservation for the Lasell Fashion Collection: a museum quality collection of antique and couture clothing.

• A facility in keeping with Lasell's green campus initiative. Materials from the old Plant Operations barn and house on the site were largely recycled. Siding, lumber and fixtures were sold for reuse in Western Massachusetts; the asphalt roof shingles were recycled for road base in New Hampshire.

The creation of the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts allows the College to revive its programs in music and the arts by reallocating space in the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center for the growth and advancement of these programs. Together with the Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center, the new Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts will comprise Lasell's first Arts Complex on campus.

For more information regarding the Donahue Center for Creative and Applied Arts, please contact:

Kathy Urner-Jones ‘83
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, Massachusetts 02466
or (617)-243-2223

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