Ms. Lindemann said that before her husband’s death, he looks forward to supporting the Performing Arts Center project, which will expand Brown’s ability to create and stage new and existing works, combine art forms, and welcome world-renowned faculty and artists hot to learn from and inspire students in different fields of study. She said she and Paxson share a belief that the arts have a vital role to play, not just in higher education but in communities everywhere.
“The arts make us human and separate us from other species,” said Ms. Lindemann. “Science, technology and medicine are vital to driving innovation and saving lives, it’s true – but music, visual arts, dance and theater are just as important because they help us remember our humanity.”
Upon completion, the center’s main hall will feature moveable walls, floors, seats, curtains, ceilings and lights – giving university and community artists the ability to customize the space to their specific structural, aesthetic and acoustic needs. The building will also feature a 13-foot horizontal windowed “clearstory” that cuts through the main level, revealing the interior of Diana Nelson and John Atwater’s main hall and lobby to passers-by in all directions.
“The 23rd century vision for a moving-wall performance hall will be a remarkable asset to Brown’s limitless creative students and arts faculty,” said Ms. Lindemann. “And I’m fascinated by how the transparent, lighted main floor will allow parishioners in Brown and Providence to see their peers create exciting performances as they pass by. When you see how art is created, you feel something – you leave the everyday life of our world and enter a special place.”
In addition to the configurations available in the center’s main hall – from a 625-seat symphony orchestra hall to a 250-seat proscenium theater to an immersive surround-sound cube for experimental media and a flat-floor configuration for film or visual art installations – a series of modern studios, rehearsal spaces and intimate performance spaces designed specifically for theater, music, dance and other art forms will serve as daily academic resources for Brown students and faculty.
Avery Willis Hoffman, artistic director of the Brown Arts Institute, said that thanks in large part to the generosity of the Lindemann family, the center will inspire future generations of students, faculty and community artists to create and reinvent innovative, original works of art. examine known works, practices and traditions. Hoffman said that in addition to world-class projects from international visiting artists, the Lindemann Performing Arts Center will house the work of artists, performers and scholars at Brown’s six arts departments and Rites and Reason Theater, all affiliated with BAI.
“This investment in the PAC is also an investment in the BAI,” Hoffman said. “It allows BAI to dream even bigger as we achieve our goals of fostering creative expression, stimulating discovery, and fostering innovative thinking on campus and beyond.”