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          Editorial: Maltz Center a great gift, with some questions remaining

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Opinion
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          Space for the performing arts at Case Western Reserve University has been desperately needed for a long time. The recent donation of the Temple-Tifereth Israel west of compus to fulfill this need is significant because of its logistics and its value, but it is probably even more significant because it fills a very real void at CWRU. For many years, the theater and dance department and the music department have been important parts of the university but have been forced to cope with space inadequate for their needs, and certainly their future development. In addition, the number of students involved in a panoply of performing arts groups have grown, but the rehearsal and performance spaces available to them generally have not. To get an idea how overdue a new performing arts center is at Case, consider that Denison Hall, previously an infirmary, was supposed to be a temporary space for rehearsals in 1988 until better accommodations could be made.

          The Temple - Tifereth Israel currently is an aesthetically pleasing building with plenty of space. There's no doubt that having it available as the Maltz Center will be a boon the performing arts at Case. The stated cost of the renovations concerning the project are around $25 million, and the circumstances coupled with this cost mean that the Maltz Center will come into fruition long before a totally new performing arts center at a multiple of that cost ever would have. Information so far about when the space will be ready and the timeframe of the renovations has not been given with any specific detail, but the space will certainly not be complete before 2012. Still, this is much better than many hoped concerning when adequate space would be made available to the performing arts, and the sooner the job can be done well, the better.

          The majority of the remaining questions we have about the facility essentially concern the practicalities of the space and the extent that it will renovated to serve the needs of the departments, groups, and students it will house. The concept of somehow using the temple to meet the needs of Case performing arts actually dates back around 15 years. Once Case purchased surrounding land and cleared it at points in the last decade, it became more of an attractive option, but it took the recent gift from the Maltz Family Foundation for the temple to actually be acquired.
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