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Enhancing experiences for students

The Confluence Arts Center will provide enriched experiences for UW-Eau Claire students who will both perform and work behind the scenes in the new state-of-the-art facility to be constructed in downtown Eau Claire.

Private gifts in support of the Confluence Arts Center are needed to reach the project's philanthropy goal. As of June 1, 2016, $12.5 million in gifts and pledges had been secured for the Confluence Arts Center. On June 2, a $1.5 million challenge grant by a group of anonymous donors was announced that will match dollar for dollar any pledges and gifts made by Sept. 30. The challenge grant and matching funds will bring to nearly $16 million the total gifts and pledges to the arts center project, which is expected to break ground in September 2016.

Other important sources of support committed for this public-private project include the following:

  • $5 million, city of Eau Claire
  • $3.5 million, Eau Claire County
  • $15 million, state of Wisconsin non-agency grant
  • $3 million, new market tax credits

Watch the following video and read more below about how this exciting project will impact UW-Eau Claire students:

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Support the Confluence Arts Center

Philanthropy is vital to building the new Confluence Arts Center. Your gift or pledge will make it possible to expand UW-Eau Claire's arts programs AND the economic development of downtown Eau Claire. As of late January 2016, $12.2 million has been raised toward the arts center philanthropy goal of $13.5 million.

Businesses for Growth

The Businesses for Growth fundraising campaign was launched in early 2015, seeking to raise $3 million in gifts from businesses throughout the Chippewa Valley for the Confluence Arts Center.

Century Club 

Join a diverse group of individuals and families who have each pledged $50,000 or more in support of the Confluence Arts Center. As of late January 2016, 83 members have joined the Century Club. Membership will be capped at 100.

The Forty

Meet the challenge from a group of young entrepreneurs who have a stake in the future of Eau Claire. The founding members of The Forty are committed financially to the development of arts and culture in Eau Claire.

Join The Forty with a $10,000 pledge payable over three years to the Confluence Project. Your investment in the Confluence Arts Center will inspire the dreamers of tomorrow and create an opportunity for our community to flourish.

To join Businesses for Growth, the Century Club or The Forty, please contact Kimera Way, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at or 715-836-5180.

Naming Opportunities at the Confluence

Leave a legacy at the Confluence Arts Center that bears your name. There are numerous gift recognition opportunities to have your name, or the name of someone special, displayed in an area of the arts center. For more information on naming opportunities, please contact Kimera Way, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, at or 715-836-5180.

Blugold Alumni talk about the Confluence Project

Click on photos to watch videos:

Jay Edenborg '98

Public affairs director for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, shares how his professional life has been enhanced by his involvement in the arts as a member of the UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen.

Hear Jay's Story

Zach Halmstad '04

Co-founder and partner for product strategy at JAMF Software, talks about what the Confluence Project means for the future of his company and employees.

Watch Zach's video

Justin Vernon '04

Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer, discusses the need for change in Eau Claire and the potential the Confluence Project will bring for collaboration with national recording artists and musicians.

Watch Justin's story
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