A $1 million gift will allow the Fine Arts Center to develop and create a 21st century interactive gallery space.
Local couple Catharine and Bart Holaday are responsible for the largest gift the FAC has received since its capital campaign in 2007.
"We are very excited," said David Dahlin, president and CEO of the FAC. "It's been a conversation over many months of them wanting to do something significant and what's on our dream list. This has been on the dream list of the FAC for quite a while."
About 1,650 square feet on the second floor of the museum will be converted into a space where patrons of all ages can experience and interact with art. It could include digital ways for folks to create their own art, get physically involved in arts expression or delve deeply into art history.
"The whole incentive is to help people engage with art in a different way instead of standing and looking at a painting - a lot of people don't know what they're looking at," Dahlin said. "To engage a 21st century audience who are comfortable with hands-on and digital - how do we help them experience art in that way?"
The FAC will spend the next year selecting national contractors and designers.
The revamped space is expected to open in late spring of 2017.