For more than 100 years, the arts have told the story of East Tennessee State University – a story of a teacher-training school that opened in 1911 and later evolved into a comprehensive university that has transformed the arts across the region and around the world.

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A university that earned designation as an "All-Steinway" school and is now home to:

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Launched in February 2013, the ETSU Arts Initiative will position ETSU to expand arts programming, encourage innovative collaborations among the arts and other disciplines, and promote partnerships with businesses and other organizations. We are fully confident that the economic impact of this initiative will be significant for our region.

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A major component of the initiative will be the construction of a new arts center. This arts center would bring together the visual arts, music, theater, dance, storytelling, poetry readings, film and more, and it will touch both the campus and the region by serving as a venue for community artistic performances and exhibits, national touring productions, and other special events.

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The new arts initiative encompasses a number of other plans that were developed during the Committee for 125 visioning process that will help define ETSU's presence in the arts when the institution turns 125 years old in the year 2036. These plans include expansion of arts programs, such as strings and dance; renovation of current facilities on the ETSU campus that provide space for arts instruction and performance; equipment purchases; new faculty positions; undergraduate scholarships and graduate assistantships; endowed chairs/artist residencies; faculty/collaborative grants; faculty travel/professional development; lecture/concert/performance series; and community educational programs.