The whimsical, life-sized bronze sculpture that welcomes visitors to the University of South Alabama's Laidlaw Performing Arts Center and entitled "Celebrating the Arts" will be dedicated in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, around the sculpture (weather permitting).
Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend the dedication.
The sculpture, which depicts a minstrel playing a flute, was created by Rosalind Cook, a Peruvian-born sculptor from Tulsa, Okla. The piece was donated by William L. Green and Sally Laidlaw Green, USA benefactors and supporters.
A $1 million endowment from the family of the late John W. Laidlaw, Mrs. Green's father, provided the generous contribution toward building the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. The center was formally completed and dedicated in 1998.