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There's exciting buzz in and around Eau Claire that is inspiring all of us! The Confluence Project in downtown Eau Claire received a resounding endorsement from Governor Walker at a recent Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
"It would help UW-Eau Claire, it would create a civic destination, it would help the downtown area, it would help the arts and it would be good for development." Walker said. "So I'm here today to tell you that I support going forward with this project."
Please consider making a gift today to the Confluence Project. Philanthropy is vital to building the new Confluence Arts Center. Your contribution of $100, $50, or even $25 will make it possible to build a place where dreams come true - a cultural renaissance for Eau Claire.
What is The Confluence Project?
The City of Eau Claire and surrounding region have cultivated, incubated, and embraced extraordinary creative talent for decades. It now is the home of an extraordinary project to provide a facility to serve that talent for the future.
The Confluence Project is a public-private partnership to redevelop a blighted area in the heart of Eau Claire at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers. The centerpiece of the project is the construction of a community arts center, public plaza, and mixed-used project that includes housing, commercial/retail space, and parking. Numerous community discussions and planning activities all have pointed to this location as key to revitalization of downtown Eau Claire, a community need for more than 40 years.
A true public-private collaboration
The Confluence Project combines philanthropy with state, county, and city funds in a true public-private collaboration that relies on significant participation by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the region’s arts community. It is the collaboration of ideas and sharing of capital and operating costs that affords both the community and the University this unique opportunity to pursue an impactful project that neither could undertake without the other.
Revitalizing the heart of the region
The new economic development paradigm recognizes the interdependence of creative industries, improved regional attractiveness, and positive business impacts. It also recognizes that availability of cultural events and entertainment is equally important as a market for the region’s artists and as amenities for community citizens and visitors. In addition to revitalizing prime real estate at the heart of the community, the Confluence Project builds upon existing competitive strengths and further establishes the distinctive nature of Chippewa Valley.
Partners in possibilities
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire Regional Arts Council
City of Eau Claire
Eau Claire County
How to become involved
For more information on The Confluence Project and how to become involved contact:
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation
Schofield Hall 214 • 105 Garfield Ave.
P.O. Box 4004 • Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Eau Claire Regional Arts Council
316 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
View the Project
The Confluence development plan includes a mixed-use retail/living-learning community structure, community arts center, public plaza, bike/walking trail, and more.
View the site plan.