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Penn State Considers Adding "Cultural District" To The Arboretum

Arboretum cultural district concept plan by Ayers Saint Gross.
Ayers Saint Gross

Penn State is consulting with alumni and local community members about potentially adding a “cultural district” to the University Park campus.

The university is considering building a collection of arts and science related spaces out near the Arboretum. A survey was sent to alumni and other potential donors in order to gauge interest in funding the development.

David Lieb, Penn State’s senior associate vice president for development, says the cultural district would be for both students and community members.

“It’s more about the visual arts so it’s kind of a museum complex where you would have galleries, educational spaces, a conservatory, a planetarium, kind of all coming together around that Arboretum,” Lieb said.

Lieb hopes to have the results from the survey by early 2018 to evaluate if the development is feasible.