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Honoring the Legacy One Name at a Time
August 27, 2010, 3:55 pm
Filed under: At the Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center is anxiously awaiting the revealing of one of its most impressive accomplishments on Thursday, October 28th and it’s one that is here to stay for a long, long time. This year, the names that adorn the Grand Donor Walls will be engraved in stone, their legacy permanently enshrined in the lobbies of the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall and the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. Those names represent some of the Center’s most important supporters: they built this grand performing arts center and it is a great honor to recognize them on these walls as an everlasting part of the Adrienne Arsht Center family.

The tradition of the donor walls is one that has been adopted in performing arts centers around the country. Often seen in hospitals, universities, museums, and other nonprofit institutions, donor walls honor key supporters indispensible to the organization. The first known donor wall was at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in the mid-20th century. Although donor walls have evolved and now can encompass a variety of styles, materials, media and interactive multimedia presentations, there is one characteristic they share: Donor walls are more than lists of names. Whether with an LCD touch-screen or with imperial slabs of fine Carrara marble, donor walls are pieces of art that honor and immortalize people whose dedication and generosity make possible this country’s not-for-profit institutions.


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