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SFU Receives $1.25 Million for Fine Arts

October 24, 2019 Tags: Alumni , Arts and Humanities , Fine Arts , STEAM , University News

Artist rendition of Resinski Black Box Theatre

Saint Francis University has received a $1.25 million commitment towards the expansion of the University’s Center for Fine Arts. The gift comes from an alumnus who is passionate about  enhancing fine arts education and specifically the construction of the Resinski Black Box Theatre.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” said University President, Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. “This aids us in realizing our dream of expanding on the rich fine arts tradition at Saint Francis by creating a space that will become a home for any student interested in the fine arts.” 

Dr. Daniel Atwood, Director for the Center for Fine Arts, added, “This gift brings us one step closer to providing more challenging and varied repertoire, affords us an opportunity to produce more fine arts events, and offers us the opportunity to reach out to our surrounding communities." 

About the Resinski Black Box Theatre

In March 2018, an enthusiastic group of theatre alumni began a grassroots effort to raise funds for the Resinski Black Box Theatre. The theatre will be dedicated to long-time director and drama professor Kenny Resinski, who passed away in 2013, and his wife Bonnie who continues to be active in the arts at SFU.

The proposed flexible 10,000-square foot space will be available for performances, speakers, concerts and lectures. This newest addition to the campus fine arts plaza, which includes the Boiler House and Art Garage, will create a new vibrant gathering area for the campus community.

The goal is to open the theatre to coincide with the celebrations of the University’s 175th anniversary. This gift, along with previous fundraising efforts, has contributed to completing nearly two thirds of the University's goal for this project. 

If you would like to help move this project forward, contact Robert Crusciel ‘86, Vice President for Advancement, at or 814-472-3021.

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