Overture Center turns 10: How the arts venue is transforming downtown Madison / by William Smith

by Gwen Rice / Isthmus

Transient

Madison philanthropist Jerry Frautschi changed the architectural landscape of the isthmus when he donated $205 million to create Overture Center for the Arts. Since opening in 2004, the arts venue has also influenced the downtown business climate, enhanced artistic and educational resources for the community, and sparked animated political, financial and social discussions. The journey from then to now has been both rocky and joyful, and the center is poised to shape downtown's future culturally and economically in its next 10 years.

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