Dear Mr. Faires, I would like to thank you for your excellent cover story in last week's Austin Chronicle, titled "Austin's Cultural Makeover" [Arts, Feb. 20]. I agree that the time is right to examine the current status of the many building projects that were conceived in recent years among our city's arts organizations. As director of the UT Performing Arts Center for the past decade, I have had the pleasure of taking part in the rapid growth of the arts in our vibrant community. To this aim, I would like to add to the list you covered by providing some brief details on a community project under way at the UT PAC. The initiative to restore Hogg Auditorium, a $12 million campaign titled ENCORE! for Hogg Auditorium, has gained much momentum in recent months. Built in 1933, in the heart of the university's 40 acres, Hogg Auditorium served the Austin community as the primary theatre space for touring symphonies, dance companies, community events, and much more for many decades. It is now time to restore Hogg to its original, elegant grandeur, as well as make the technical improvements necessary to give Austin a state-of-the-art, midsized theatre and film house. As our committee chairman, Mr. David Honeycutt, has said, "a restored Hogg will be an artistic centerpiece for the community that will pay dividends for generations to come." Once again I thank you for the focus of your article and am pleased to place the restoration of Hogg Auditorium among the projects you covered.
Sincerely, Pebbles Wadsworth Director, University of Texas Performing Arts Center