Windgate Foundation extends challenge grant to Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

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Artist rendition of Stella Boyle Smith Music Center.

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday (June 14) it has received a $1.5 million two-to-one challenge grant from the Windgate Foundation to help build the future ASO Stella Boyle Smith Music Center.

The grant from the Windgate Foundation plus the $3 million in matching donations ASO will need to raise by April 2023 will move the non-profit organization $4.5 million to its $9 million goal and allow it to break ground on the new community music center.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Windgate Foundation for giving us this opportunity not only to make this music center a reality, but also to come together as a community and do it together,” said ASO CEO Christina Littlejohn. “This truly is a community music center to serve our youth, school students and Arkansans across the state so that we can both inspire and be inspired by music.”

The music center will be developed in Little Rock’s East Village between Heifer International and the Clinton Presidential Center. The Stella Boyle Smith Music Center will be a new state of the art, 20,000 square foot community music center.

Announced in January, the project will greatly expand ASO’s capacity to serve Arkansas children through outstanding education programming and provide all residents with extensive musical offerings. The center will include a grand hall for rehearsals and concerts, multiple practice spaces, music classrooms, climate-controlled instrument storage, a dedicated streaming studio and additional flexible space to serve future generations of Arkansans.