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Thanks to $11 million in capital funds promised by the Patrick Administration, Middlesex can proceed
with plans to transform the historic Boston & Maine Building into an academic arts center on the Lowell
campus. In addition to $11 million provided by Gov. Deval Patrick's 2008 Higher Education Bond Bill,
Middlesex will pledge $3.5 million to the $14.5 million project. Construction is expected to begin in
early 2015 and be completed in 2017.
Built in 1876 as the Boston & Maine Railroad Depot, the two-story brick High Victorian Gothic-style
structure housed a number of businesses over the years, including serving as the Rialto Theatre lobby
from 1921 until the 1960s. The exterior of the building was renovated by Lowell National Historical
Park, which transferred ownership to Middlesex in 2008. The renovated Boston & Maine Building will
house a teaching theater, music recital hall, dance studio, and performance, exhibit and multi-purpose
spaces. It will also be available for general community use.
The state has pledged $11 million
to complete the transformation of
the historic Boston & Maine
Building into an academic arts
center on the Lowell campus.
One of the most iconic movie stars of the last
half-century takes center stage at next year's
Celebrity Forum as Middlesex Community
College is proud to welcome acclaimed actor,
director and environmentalist Robert Redford
to the Celebrity Forum spotlight!
Redford, best known for his leading roles in
iconic films like "The Sting," "Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid," "The Way We Were"
and "Out of Africa," will be visiting MCC at
8 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the Lowell Memorial
Auditorium on East Merrimack Street. Tickets go
on sale soon through the auditorium box office.
"Mr. Redford certainly carries the star power
with his Hollywood pedigree," said MCC
President Carole Cowan. "But it's his inspirational
leadership in taking on causes that help preserve
our natural resources, and his championing of the
art of independent filmmaking that have helped
define him as an icon of our generation."
Among the causes that Redford supports
are Greenpeace, the American Wild Horse
Preservation Campaign, the James Redford
Institute for Transplant Awareness, and the
Sundance Institute. In 1981, he also founded
the Sundance Film Festival.
Cowan said the timing of Celebrity Forum
2014's speaker of the big screen is fortuitous for
the college, since it just received confirmation of
$11 million dollars in funding to help fund the
renovation of the old Boston & Maine Railroad
Depot, which is going to serve as the home for
the college's new academic arts building.
"For several years, we have been looking to
expand the arts programs at the college, and
will finally be able to do so with the restoration
of the Boston & Maine," Cowan said. "It's our
hope that Mr. Redford's visit will help cultivate
even more enthusiasm for the burgeoning arts
scene not just on our campuses, but in the
Lowell region."
Once again, the TJX Companies, Inc. will be the
presenting sponsor for Celebrity Forum, as they
have been for all 16 years of the fund-raiser.
"The enduring support of the TJX Companies,
along with our many other sponsors and
friends, is what allows us to draw national
and international speakers to Greater Lowell
to interact with our extended community,"
said Cowan.
Patrick Cook

Celebrity Forum 2014:
Actor, Director,
Environmentalist Robert Redford to Speak
State Pledges $11 Million to Complete Lowell Campus Arts Center
Robert Redford is the focus of
Celebrity Forum 2014.
For information on how to
become a sponsor at next year's
Celebrity Forum, please contact
MCC's Dean of Advancement Dennis
Malvers at 781-280-3514.
Proceeds from the Celebrity Forum, which
is supported by the Middlesex Community
College Foundation, go toward supporting
student scholarships.