Brown University Receives $31.6M Gift for Performing Arts Center Lobby and Scholarships
NEC member Brown University recently announced its receipt of a $31.6 million gift from alumnus John Atwater (’83) and his wife, Diana Nelson, to support both the construction of a central convening space in a planned performing arts center on campus, as well as scholarships and other university priorities.
$20 million of the gift will be invested in the Diana Nelson and John Atwater Lobby, a hub for music, dance theater, and multimedia arts scholarship on the university’s Providence, RI, campus. The remaining sum will support the Brown Annual Fund and the Brown Promise, initiatives to replace loans with scholarship funds in the financial-aid packages offered by the university. John Atwater, founder and CEO of real estate equity and investment firm Prime Group, has been a longtime supporter of the University as a member of the BrownTogether campaign cabinet, and a previous member of the President’s Leadership Council.
Brown’s President, Christina Paxson, said, “The Diana Nelson and John Atwater Lobby will inspire a spirit of freedom to collaborate and experiment that yields path-breaking work. It will serve as a central convening space for intellectual and artistic collisions that are both planned and spontaneous.”
The NEC congratulates Brown on receiving this gift and looks forward to the University’s continued growth.