John Legend will perform at Springfield City School District's newly renovated theater in Ohio, which was named after the singer-songwriter, later this week.
The 680-seat John Legend Theater at the Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome is a recently renovated $2.5 million theater. According to the Springfield News Sun, Legend donated $500,000 toward the project.
The board of Springfield North High School — of which Legend’s a graduate — gave credit to the Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist, saying that the project would not have taken off without his help.
“John was really a catalyst to get something that we all wanted to do finally done,” Kim Fish, the school’s communications and special projects consultant, reportedly said.
There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday where Legend will perform.
The authorities announced that they will distribute wristbands before the performance — to selected teachers, staff members, community partners and over 100 students. Fish said: “We know they’ll go fast.”
The location now serves as a home for several education programs — like the Greater Springfield CareerConnectED Center — encouraging children to explore areas like creative arts, digital media and welding, among others.
“Because we have this space now, we’re going to have new and different opportunities for kids and the community,” Fish said.