New Director Brings New Life to Pavilion

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artinmediaWhen Matt Rogers bought his first family pass to the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science four years ago, he often found Sioux Falls’ primary science and art center a bit drab, run down and tired.

But he considered it his family’s best option and kept renewing – and as a result unknowingly watched the Pavilion transition from a facility that couldn’t break even to one that’s relying less on taxpayer subsidies and donations to keep the lights on.

“They never did anything new. Now it’s way better than it was when we first started going,” said the 34-year-old Garretson father of three, who of late has noticed a major turnaround at Pavilion, particularly in the Kirby Science Discovery Center. “Even right down to being cleaner – it just seems like they just take care of it better.”

If you ask Darrin Smith, who took over as Pavilion president in May 2016, that’s deliberate and has been year’s in the making.

Since its opening in 1999 the Washington Pavilion and its art gallery, concert hall, large-format theater, and science museum struggled to maintain membership and consistent revenue streams.

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