Eau Claire community celebrates Pablo Center grand opening

Eau Claire (WQOW) — The anticipation is over. After several years of planning and construction, the nearly $60 million Pablo Center at the Confluence is finally open for business.

With the cut of a ribbon, the people of Eau Claire were welcomed into the Pablo Center. The excitement was felt throughout the masses, exploring something new.

“For people to step into a space that’s completely reflective of the Eau Claire region, to be able to create, dream and be inspired to change the world around them by what they experience here, through our accessibility of the arts, I’m just excited to see the response of people,” said Jason Jon Anderson, Executive Director of the Pablo.

Sights, sounds, and serendipity are expected to fill the halls for years upon years to come.

“The number of people who showed up today is absolutely inspiring, and I think it also bodes well for the kind of success we want to have in this building,” said Andrew Werthmann, acting President for the Eau Claire City Council.

Anderson touted the Pablo Center as an international rival in the arts, and that having it built in the heart of Eau Claire will draw people from all around.

“Giving the audience something they’ve never seen before,” said Anderson. “Giving them the ability to come and see art and have access to things that haven’t been readily available, or available at the level in which we can produce and present them to individuals.”

Werthmann told News 18 he believes in this investment, “No matter what angle of folks concern is, whether it’s the economic angle, whether it’s about community building, that I think this building will prove itself.”

Performances will run nearly all day Saturday, but there are plenty more to come. You can check them out for yourself here.

Samantha Wensel

Samantha Wensel

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