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A fuller picture of Calderwood Pavilion’s story

I would like to echo the sentiment of the June 11 editorial “Tony Awards: High-five for Boston,” and congratulate the Huntington Theatre Company for its well-deserved Tony Award. The prize is a testament to the work the Huntington produces. I believe that an honor of this magnitude will raise the profile not only of the Huntington but also of all artists and arts organizations in Boston.

I was dismayed, however, to see that the confusion still exists as to who actually built the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion. The Huntington played a significant role in the development of the Calderwood and continues to be a critical partner in its day-to-day functionality. But the fact is that the Calderwood Pavilion was built through the efforts of the Boston Center for the Arts, on land owned by the BCA in partnership with the Druker Company to develop Atelier 505.

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Further, the BCA is responsible for the management of much of the arts programming that occurs at the Calderwood Pavilion.

The Tony for the Huntington is an exciting win for all individuals who make supporting art their livelihood, and my response is in no way a refutation of that work.

I simply want the facts to be stated that the roles of the Huntington and the BCA regarding the Calderwood Pavilion are of a collaborative nature.

Veronique Le Melle

President and CEO

Boston Center for the Arts


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