Shriver Hall's doors have remained mostly closed to the Johns Hopkins community for the past 18 months as the historic Homewood campus building was transformed from 1950s-era auditorium into state-of-the-art performance center.
Hopkins students got their first glimpse of the new-look Shriver on Tuesday evening at the grand unveiling of the renovated space. Since closing its doors in September 2017, the building has undergone a $14 million makeover that included the addition of an LED lighting system, digital projection system, new seating, new screens, and much more.
JHU President Ronald J. Daniels officially welcomed students to the new space and highlighted Shriver's long and distinguished history. Since opening in 1954, Shriver Hall has hosted several important cultural and political figures, including Robert Frost, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gloria Steinem.
"Today, in 2019, this place is truly worthy of the vital role it has long played on Homewood campus as the lodestar of performing arts at Hopkins and one of our chief connections to the wider world," Daniels said.
The evening began with a performance by the Octopodes a capella group. Several other student groups—Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada; Lan Yun Blue Orchids; the Verve Hopkins Poetry Collective; Shakti; and Baila!—also performed.
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