TCCES/SMC Fine Arts Education Center
QUEST FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Located on the campus of St. Mary Central High School, but truly belonging to the entire
Twin City Catholic Educational System community, the new fine arts education center will enhance
the educational experience of all TCCES students and will solidify St. Mary Central High
School as one of Wisconsin’s finest providers of a Catholic, college-preparatory education.
It’s not all show biz! Studies confirmed by the U.S. Department of Education show that students who participate in and are exposed to fine arts activities score higher on standardized tests, have better
GPAs, and attend superior ranking institutes of higher education than those who are not exposed to the fine arts. The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities states that fine arts are not only beneficial in themselves, but their introduction into a school’s curriculum also influences improvement in math,
reading, science and other subjects.
The FAEC will be utilized by all five TCCES Schools.
Uses will include:
Enhanced teaching and instructional facilities for all students
• Forensic and moot court competitions
• Speech, debate, and other public speaking instruction
• Musical, theatrical and dance performances
• Seasonal student performances
• Band and vocal concerts and competitions
• Guest speakers and guest performers
• All-school assemblies
• Commencement exercises and awards ceremonies
• A 495-seat, 4,758-square-foot main auditorium
• A 96-seat, 1,328-square-foot forensic theater
• A 2628-square-foot lobby/entrance
• Four entirely new interactive electronic classrooms
for enhanced instruction opportunities
• State-of-the-art sound, lighting, and production equipment.
Project & Campaign Timing
TCCES announced the project and a $2 million dollarfor-dollar matching grant commitment in September 2011. A committee of very dedicated community leaders and volunteers will be working from September 2011 through March 2012 on the capital campaign to raise the additional $2.7 million. Capital campaign commitments can be spread over three years beginning this year. Groundbreaking occured in April 2012, and the facility will be completed and operational by April 2013.