Moses Brown celebrates opening of Woodman Family Community & Performance Center
Providence’s Prism of Praise Gospel Choir to Help Open Facility with Dec. 10 Public Concert
On Friday, December 9, Moses Brown School invites the public to a housewarming for the new Woodman Family Community & Performance Center. The ribbon-cutting takes place at 3:00 p.m., and will be followed by a housewarming (3:15-4:45) during which guests are invited to explore this exciting new facility. Please RSVP
The 36,000-square-foot Woodman Center is one of the largest projects in the school’s 232-year history. The building, which features flexible architecture unlike anything found in the Northeast, stands at the center of the Moses Brown campus and will replace Alumni Hall, which was built in 1867 and is slated for renovation as an engineering and design/maker space. The project also included the complete renovation of the Walter Jones Library, as well as MB’s baseball, soccer, and tennis facilities.
With a lobby café, new classrooms, art gallery spaces, costume and scene shops, and professional-grade sound and lighting, the Woodman Center will become the new social, artistic, intellectual, and spiritual hub of the MB campus.
The building is named for the family of Dean Woodman ’46 (the fourth of five generations to attend Moses Brown) who is the great-grandson of former headmaster Augustine Jones (Class of 1854). Woodman attributes his love of learning to his time at Moses Brown. “MB instilled in me a commitment to the pursuit of excellence,” he says. He earned a degree from Amherst, served in the Naval Air Corps, and enjoyed a distinguished career as an investment banker, though perhaps his most meaningful investment was in his son Nick’s fledgling startup – GoPro. In 2013, the Woodmans made the largest gift in school history to create the new community and performance center.
“It is our hope that the Woodman Center will be utilized by a variety of community organizations once it opens,” says Head of School Glendinning. “We see this as part of our role as a member of the Providence community, to promote the intellectual, artistic, and civic vitality that has always been a strength here.” On December 10 at 7 p.m., the Woodman Center will welcome its first community group: the Prism of Praise gospel choir, celebrating its 25th anniversary concert (free to the public).
The housewarming marks a significant milestone in MB Believes: A Campaign for Learning, People, and Place, the largest fundraising effort in school history, launched in 2015 (www.mbbelieves.org). The campaign also includes plans to renovate and expand the lower school; create new STEM and design programs; enhance access and affordability through $15 million in new scholarship endowment; support MB’s global travel program; and build a sailing and marine education center on Narragansett Bay. To date, the campaign has generated more than $35 million in contributions from 2,743 people, toward an overall objective of $56.5 million, a record goal for independent schools in the Providence area. The campaign is being led by Hasbro Chairman, President, and CEO Brian Goldner and his wife Barbara, parents of an MB alumna.