Bank of America, a longtime benefactor of the Straz Center for Performing Arts, recently announced a $1 million grant to support a massive $80 million architectural overhaul and expansion. Dubbed the “Master Plan,” the extensive renovation will be the first of its kind since the Straz opened in 1987.
The funding will expand the performing arts center and help fuel the local economy, as the plan is expected to increase the Straz Center’s annual economic impact and increase workforce development by 20 percent.
According to a press release from Bank of America, the Master Plan is “designed to make The Straz an even more vibrant stage for world-class arts, education and community engagement, and will leverage its prominent riverfront location, expand facilities for its nationally recognized arts education programs, and enhance the guest experience with new hospitality opportunities. The design will provide community access and create a remarkable new gathering place and vibrant cultural destination on Tampa’s Riverwalk.”
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