It Takes an Academic Village

There's nothing like a classy new performance facility to raise a university's profile. But in the $130-million, 318,000-sq.-ft. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the University of Maryland in College Park has been just as intent on raising academic standards for the Schools of Theatre, Music, and Dance as creating a commercial draw. The center's six performance venues exist in symbiotic relationship with classrooms, shops, rehearsal studios, and a performing arts library. Everyone

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