Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts HistorySauer, Anne
Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center, 1987
The Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center on the Medford campus was built between 1987 and 1991 to serve as home to a new arena theater as well as a centralized location for the arts in general.
Built at a total cost of $9.5 million, the Aidekman Arts Center connects the Jackson Gymnasium to Cohen Auditorium, providing additional space for classrooms and offices as well as a central location for the arts on the Medford campus. Aidekman includes the 220 seat Marston Balch Arena Theater, the Tisch Family Gallery, the Koppelman Gallery, and the Remis Sculpture Gallery.
Shirley and Alex Aidekman donated $2 million to the project, the largest single gift of the $9.5 million required. Shirley was the founder of Amio Inc., a jewelry design firm, and Alex was founder and chairman of Supermarkets General Corp. Their two sons, Gary and Kenneth, both graduated from Tufts.
As of 2000, Aidekman Arts Center continues to serve as the Tufts community's home for drama and the arts, and also houses a variety of exhibitions annually.
Source: TJ, TD, OBS
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