VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Valley City State University held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, April 21st celebrating the completion of the new Center for the Arts.

Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman, a VCSU graduate, said a majority of the North Dakota legislators value the arts, which resulted in the construction of this facility.

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner said the state needs to attract more people to become teachers, he said this facility will do that.

Another VCSU graduate, House Majority Leader Chet Pollert said former state Senator Larry Robinson was instrumental working with legislators on both sides of the isle to get the votes to support this project.

Construction of the VCSU Center for the Arts was approved by the North Dakota Legislature back in 2019. The building includes a 350-seat performance hall, recording and production studio, a ceramics lab, digital design lab and an art gallery. The building has more than eight acres of sheet rock, 242 tons of steel and more than 26 miles of wire.

VCSU band performs “First Man” following the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Center For The Arts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony