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Duke University Prepares To Open "The Ruby" Arts Center

Duke Arts, Duke University, Nasher Museum
Chris Hildreth courtesy of Duke Arts

Duke University is opening a new arts center on its Durham campus. Officials say it’s a major addition to the school’s growing arts corridor.

The new Rubenstein Arts Center – also known as “The Ruby” – is walking distance from Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art. The Duke Performances office is also close by. 

“It finally offers the campus a gathering space for artists of all different kinds and all different media," said Scott Lindroth, vice provost for the arts at Duke.

The 70,000-square-foot arts center will house theatres, multi-purpose studios and classrooms. More than 30 classes will be held there beginning spring semester.

“In many research universities, the arts are often the margins of campus and they play maybe a recreational role for many students on campus, and that’s important," said Lindroth. "But we think with the programs that we have in place and now the arts center, we can move the arts into a more central role.”

The arts center was built with a founding gift of $25 million from Duke alumnus David Rubenstein. The grand opening celebration for "The Ruby" is scheduled for February 3, 2018. 

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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