McCain Auditorium is getting a facelift

For years, Kansas State University has dreamed of expanding the lobby of McCain Auditorium, adding new spaces and features to better serve K-State and the Manhattan community. That dream is now a reality, thanks to generous donors.

Construction for the project is expected to start June 2020, adding a modern and inviting entry, more accessible spaces and much-needed patron amenities. The expanded lobby will provide a space for collaborative arts education and other campus and community engagement activities, benefiting students and the K-State community.

This $6 million project is 100% funded by private gifts.

“We are grateful to the many K-Staters and Manhattan community members who invested in this McCain Auditorium lobby expansion project,” said Todd Holmberg, executive director of McCain Auditorium. “The expansion and renovation will enable us to better serve students, community members and those participating in our outreach and educational programming. It will also provide a more welcoming entry to the performing arts, allowing attendees the space for shared human emotions and interactions that are unique to arts experiences.”

Each year, McCain staff work diligently to bring a diverse collection of renowned performing artists to campus, which supports the university’s land-grant mission of engaging and enriching the quality of life for students and citizens throughout the community and state.

“The McCain Auditorium expansion project will enable the university to further enhance the cultural learning experience for students and community members by presenting exceptional performing arts programs that connect and engage artists and audiences,” said K-State President Richard Myers. “Thanks to the generous support of so many donors, we will have a greater capacity to serve our college students, K-12 students of Kansas, our military neighbors and patrons from throughout the Flint Hills region.”

As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. Visit for more information.

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