Mulva Cultural Center plans revealed

DE PERE, Wis (WBAY) Plans are revealed today for a massive, state-of-the-art, $50 million cultural center in downtown De Pere.

Behind the project is a very generous couple who have always felt pride for their hometown.

"We loved growing up here and we wanted to give something back to our community, and all the time that we would come back we always said this is a wonderful place to live and a lot of people don't even realize how great it is," says Miriam Mulva.

After Jim Mulva retired as chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, the Mulvas moved back to De Pere four years ago and proposed building a cultural center.

Over the years that vision grew, and Wednesday they revealed what their gift to the city will look like.

"We like to do things the right way, but we like to do things in a way that are unique and pristine, and we like to win, and so we want to do this really with the spirit of helping the community and giving back," says Jim Mulva.

Located in downtown De Pere, the 3-story, 60,000 square foot Mulva Cultural Center will feature world-class exhibit and performance spaces, an auditorium and open air atrium, along with classrooms, a cafe, an outdoor terrace and veterans memorial.

"The thing we really want is to have 3 or 4 things going on always at the same time that's changing, so the content changes, and we want the culture center to be a destination to come and visit all times of the year," says Jim Mulva.

"The full scope of this project will both inspire and transform our region culturally and artistically for generations to come," adds De Pere Mayor Mike Walsh.

Groundbreaking is expected next summer, with a grand opening in the summer of 2022.

"It's a way of saying thank you, but it's going to bring economic development, there's no question about it. It's going to help other small businesses, but it's going to help the hotels, the restaurants, whatever. We really want to do this right," says Jim Mulva.