Utah Tech University performing arts center set for major renovations, name change

A rendering of the America First Performing Arts Center is shown. Utah Tech University's performing arts center is set for a major facelift and a name change, the university announced Friday.

A rendering of the America First Performing Arts Center is shown. Utah Tech University's performing arts center is set for a major facelift and a name change, the university announced Friday. (Utah Tech University)


Save Story
Leer en español

Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes

ST. GEORGE — Utah Tech University's performing arts center is set for a major facelift and a name change, the university announced Friday.

Formerly the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center, the building will be known as the America First Performing Arts Center after renovations and an expansion are completed toward the end of 2025.

"Utah Tech University and the entire southern Utah community are immensely grateful to America First Credit Union for their support," Brad Last, the university's vice president of advancement, said in a statement. "Not only will the completed project draw world-class talent to Washington County, but it will also dramatically enhance the experience for residents and visitors who enjoy entertainment opportunities in the facility."

To fund the project, America First Credit Union is donating $5 million, which comes on top of a $28 million appropriation from the Utah State Legislature, a $1.3 million contribution from Washington County and various community donors.

Renovations to the center include an expansion of the lobby, rehearsal spaces, box office, concessions and restrooms to make room for larger audiences and a wider variety of performances.

The plan also calls for the addition of a balcony with more seating, center aisles for easier access to seats and event space as well as upgraded lighting, sound and projection equipment throughout the building. Back-of-house renovations include expanding green rooms, makeup rooms and dressing rooms.

The new center will act as the official home of the Southwest Symphony, Southern Utah Heritage Choir and Utah Tech University's student and professional art programming.

"This newly remodeled facility will provide a forever home for the musical renaissance the Southwest Symphony, Heritage Choir, and university have sparked in the St. George area," Tammy Gallegos, executive vice president and chief strategic engagement officer at America First Credit Union, said in a statement. "Music and the arts bring people together — and America First Credit Union believes strongly in supporting and building community around the things we love, share and build together."

Most recent Education stories

Related topics

Utah higher educationUtahSouthern UtahEducationEntertainment
Logan Stefanich is a reporter with KSL.com, covering southern Utah communities, education, business and tech news.

STAY IN THE KNOW

Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast