In positioning all visual and performing arts disciplines around the revitalized entryway to campus at 15th Avenue and High Street, we are creating an arts ecosystem — an enduring, yet ever-evolving hub for artistic, educational, social and commercial interchange.

We are welcoming the community to campus through the arts.

Arts District Rendering

What is the Arts District?

Ohio State's planned Arts District will boast the Timashev Family Music Building — a new home for the School of Music — and a new building for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts. Both facilities will feature state-of-the-art performance spaces, modern recital halls and high-tech classrooms.

Inside the project

Project Features

  • These new facilities will establish the Arts District as the new front door of the campus
  • The design of the new facilities is grounded in principles of openness, visibility, permeability and connectivity, which will facilitate interactions across campus and with the community
  • Large windows will wrap both buildings, providing the campus and community a view to creative activity within
  • An open, active outdoor plaza will connect both new buildings
  • New café will fuel social interactions and celebrate activity
  • Streetscape will include a tree-canopied walkway, creating a new pedestrian route from the North Residential District to the Arts District and the heart of campus

School of Music Building

  • Faculty, staff and students — currently stretched between Hughes Hall (built in 1948) and Weigel Hall (1979) — will finally come together under one roof
  • New expansive lobby will connect the new Timashev Family Music Building to a renovated Weigel Hall
  • A new 195-seat recital hall will offer a new performance space, joining the existing 720-seat Weigel Auditorium
  • Improved acoustics throughout facility
  • New large ensemble rehearsal space
  • Studios for jazz and percussion
  • New practice rooms for students

Theatre, Film, and Media Arts Building

  • Faculty, staff and students — currently located a 20-minute walk away at the Drake Performance and Event Center — will join the emerging Arts District in the heart of campus
  • New, state-of-the-art performance spaces, including a 450-seat proscenium theatre and a hybrid thrust/black box theatre
  • Spaces for students to create, including a New Works Lab for new and experimental productions, a lighting lab, a design studio, and a costume shop
  • Spaces for students studying film, moving image production and media arts, including two sound stages, editing suites, a sound lab and a screening room

Construction updates

February 6, 2021

This is the south elevation of Weigel Hall.

February 6, 2021 Update
Looking north in the piano repair room.


Jan. 30, 2021

The Art’s District site with the Department of Theatre basement work in the foreground and the School of Music in the background.

School of Music ensemble rehearsal room.


Jan. 23, 2021

The fifth floor at the west side with glass, drywall and roof detailing making progress.

View looking north in the School of Music lobby.


Jan. 16, 2021

Arts District 1-16
This is the third floor looking west towards Hughes Hall.

Arts District Jazz Suite
The Jazz Suite is prepared for slab installation. The black bands are pour stops to segregate the slabs. The pucks allow vertical adjustment.


Jan. 2, 2021

From the corner of College Road and Annie & John Glenn Avenue.

The south elevation of Weigel Hall with the scaffold staged.


Dec. 27, 2020

Arts District
The west elevation from the southwest corner.

Arts District
Basement excavation has started at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts building. Here you can see the shore piles and shoring continuing.

Dec. 20, 2020

Progress is made on the installation of the front glass.


Dec. 13, 2020

Windows being Installed
Here is the west side of the second and third floor. The brick at top has just been cleaned and the frames are in place to support the metal panels.


Dec. 6, 2020

Crane Arriving on Site
The base section and stool of the Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts.


Nov. 29, 2020

Arts District
Framing, curtainwall, storefront and brick veneer can all be seen in this photo.


Nov. 15, 2020

On the right is the School of Music. To the left is Arps Hall and in the background at the center is Wexner Center for the Arts.

This is the third floor looking south. Part of the window frames are being readied for installation.

Nov. 8, 2020

This is the fourth floor roof with insulation panels being readied for installation.

This is the fourth floor roof over the Recital Hall.

Nov. 1, 2020

This view shows the south west elevation with many activities underway.

Oct. 18, 2020

An early morning view of the west side of the School of Music.

Oct. 11, 2020

Looking west towards Hughes Hall and the Oval.

Oct. 4, 2020

Knowing the Chill & Heating Water work on the northside was going to limit material movement we stocked the upper floors ahead of time.
The upper floors were stocked with materials to improve efficiency.

Work continues in the Recital Hall. This is the distribution manifold at the stage area.

This is showing the stairs connecting Weigel Hall to the new building.

Sept. 27, 2020

Looking North in the Lobby of the School of Music. On the right is the Music Ensemble Rehearsal Room.
Here's a look at the lobby of the School of Music. On the right is the music ensemble rehearsal room.

East Side of Recital Hall Showing the Brick Veneer Progressing.
Progress in the recital hall showing the brick veneer..

Sept. 20, 2020

The Rock Chucker is seen Backed in to the Recital Hall with it’s Tele-Belt Broadcasting Pea-Gravel into the Underground Duct Excavation.
View of the interior of the recital hall.

The Music Ensemble Rehearsal Room Sub-Grade is Being Brought to Elevation with #57 Stone.
View of the music ensemble rehearsal room.

Sept. 13, 2020

Job-Wide 9/11 Commemoration
Job-wide 9/11 commemoration. The crew spent five minutes recalling the events of September 11, 2001 followed by a minute of silence.

Sept. 6, 2020

Arts District
Masons laying concrete units that will support the brick veneer. Framing, sheathing, air/vapor barriers are also installed.

Arts District
Ensemble rehearsal room with the fireproofing being applied.