Senator Hinojosa Attends Groundbreaking Event for $81 Million Arts & Media Building at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa attended the groundbreaking event for the new 85,000-square-foot Arts & Media Building at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi earlier today. This state-of-the-art facility will house undergraduate and graduate programs within the School of Arts, Media, & Communication, including music, theatre, and dance.

The new two-story building will provide modern amenities such as a proscenium theatre performance space, recital hall, black box theatre, and dance studio. It will include rehearsal halls and theatre labs for instruction in costume construction and makeup, as well as faculty and administrative staff offices and support areas. The building will also have a designated place for Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s files and memorabilia.

Phase 1 of the project is estimated to cost $81 million, with $45 million provided by the Texas Legislature as part of a list of capital projects at higher education institutions included in Senate Bill 52 passed during the 87th Legislature in 2021. Substantial completion of this project is expected by March of 2026.

Senator Hinojosa provided the following statement:

“I appreciate Dr. Kelly Miller, President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, for her leadership in making this project a reality. This has been one of her priorities since she became president of the university in 2017. She not only wanted a beautiful building for the arts, but also a space that would pay tribute to Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s legacy.

Investing in our educational institutions is investing in our future. Funding this state-of-the-art facility benefits our students and the community. It enhances the learning experience, attracts top talent, and contributes to the cultural and economic growth of our region.

During the 2021 legislative session, with the collaboration and support of Chairman Todd Hunter and Chairman Abel Herrero, we were able to secure $45 million for Phase 1 of this project estimated to cost $81 million. I appreciate Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Governor Greg Abbott, Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Brandon Creighton, and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp for their support of this project and its inclusion in the legislation authorizing the funding.”

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