Program Message / Greetings from Southern Oregon University
Congratulations! On behalf of the Southern Oregon University (SOU) community, I am delighted to welcome you to the Grand Re-Opening of the Cascade Theatre. SOU is honored to be a part of this remarkable restoration of such a historic and valuable building. The Cascade Theatre is a place where tradition meets the future in Reddingís vibrant new level of culture and economic opportunity. Five years ago, SOUís Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) spearheaded this vision in partnership with community leaders. We are proud of JPR and its leadership, and it has been a great pleasure for my executive team to support this project. Together with the JPR Foundation, we are enthusiastic about our new role as steward of Shasta Countyís most prominent historic landmark and newest cultural institution.
People sometimes ask why Southern Oregon University got involved in this project. SOU has a long tradition of relationships with the educational communities of Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. Northern California has long been part of SOUís regional service area. Southern is privileged to have been working for many years with Shasta College and the College of the Siskiyous to help local citizens realize their educational and career aspirations. This project stands for many things, among them a glowing example of SOUís mission to serve as a vital partner in the healthy development of our region. As Oregonís designated Center of Excellence in the Fine and Performing Arts, SOU is proud to fulfill its responsibility as a leader in building a more vibrant regional arts community.
It is humbling to see the outpouring of community support inspired by this project. Such active participation and ownership portends a future in which the Cascade Theatre will serve youth, families, seniors, and visitors for decades to come with programs that reflect and interpret our culture, foster diversity, stimulate lifelong learning, and celebrate the power of the human creative spirit. We hope, too, that the innovative community partnership that ignited and sustained this project opens doors to many more opportunities for SOU to collaborate with residents and organizations of Redding and Shasta County. We join you in pursuing a hopeful vision of our region as a place that values intellectual curiosity, cultural awareness, and civic engagement. Long live the Cascade!
Dr. Elisabeth Zinser
Southern Oregon University