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By Keiara Carr
The $1.6 million black box theater will now be known as Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab.

New ArtsLab named for Parkview Physicians Group

The newly added ArtsLab downtown has a new name to honor Parkview Physician Group’s significant donation for the expansion of the Arts Campus, Arts United president Susan Mendenhall announced today.

The $1.6 million black box theater will now be known as Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab. The theater, connected to the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, opened in January.

Mendenhall and senior vice president of Parkview Health, Dick Robinson, declined to state the amount of the gift.

"We see a real connectivity between Parkview and its mission concerning the overall wellness of persons within the community. It’s more than just about your physical health, so to speak," Robinson said. "When approached and given the opportunity to support this project and the connectivity of Parkview and its mission, is just was a really good fit."

The ArtsLab is versatile facility can be used for theater, dance, concerts and art displays. It is equipped with a 4-by-4 grid overhead for different lighting and sound configurations. The main floor and balcony can seat almost 200 people, depending on seating configurations.

A bright orange sign outside the theater’s lobby commemorated the new name change. Mendenhall says the support is "thrilling."

"I think our community has an incredible momentum right now and that’s momentum made possible by our partners at Parkview Physicians Group and by the incredible group of arts and cultural assets we have in this community and people who are interested and eager to come down and experience arts and cultural activities and community wellness activities. It’s just fun to see it all come together," Mendenhall said.

kcarr@jg.net

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