Confluence Arts Center Announces Building Name Change
Posted: March 1, 2018
Naming Rights Secured: Pablo Center at the Confluence
EAU CLAIRE, WI – The Confluence Council, Inc. is excited to announce the naming rights have been secured for the arts center located at the Confluence. The Pablo Foundation, a local philanthropic group, has made a generous $5 million donation to the project for the naming rights of the building which have been available since its inception. The Confluence Council, Inc. is proud to announce the official name of the arts center as Pablo Center at the Confluence.
The Pablo Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pablo Properties, LLC. Pablo Properties was created to invest in downtown Eau Claire, and so far has built the Jamf office, the Lismore, and partnered in the Oxbow, bringing over 300 jobs to downtown Eau Claire. Both entities care about creating a healthy and sustainable community.
The Pablo Foundation’s three founding board members Julia Johnson, Jason Wudi and Zach Halmstad, were present for a private press conference this afternoon at VolumeOne. One of the donors explained, “The Pablo Foundation, which will focus on housing, health, education, and the arts, is proud to donate $5 million for naming rights on the arts center. The Pablo Center at the Confluence will provide opportunities to observe and participate in cultural experiences that were not previously available in this area. This improves the education and quality of life for everybody that takes advantage of this programming.”
The Pablo Foundation’s co-founders also said, “The announcement of the Confluence Project five years ago is what spurred the creation of Pablo Properties for investing in downtown Eau Claire. We are grateful to be able to bring this full circle and provide this donation to the project. We are excited to see our name in the company of other great community contributors like Royal Credit Union, Jamf, Oakleaf physicians, Market & Johnson, Inc., Orgel Wealth Management, Lasker Jewelers, BMO Harris Bank, Commonweal Development Corporation and donors towards the Laurie Bieze Permanent Art Collection.” The Confluence Council, Inc. and the Eau Claire Confluence Arts, Inc. boards both voted in support of this name change last month. Acting Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson said, “The Pablo Foundation has joined other tremendous businesses, groups and individuals in one of the most significant projects that will help grow Eau Claire’s industry and creative economy. It is through incredible philanthropy that this building will become a reality and that we can ensure the regional artistic programs will be a success. There are still many opportunities for businesses and individuals to assist us in completing our construction and programming goals. We are all excited to see the Pablo Center at the Confluence open this September.”
The Pablo Center at the Confluence will unveil a new logo and branding in the upcoming month along with a new website.