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Weber State celebrates the 50 years of the Val A. Browning Center, Jan. 9th. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)

After 50 years of sharing performing arts with the Ogden community, the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts celebrated with cake and a host of talented former Wildcats. Some offered advice to students and their thoughts on the importance of arts in the community, while others celebrated Ogden and how its citizens have helped strengthen the Browning Center and performing arts at Weber State University.

Professor Jim Christian, chair of the celebration committee, said, “We’re proud and humbled to be able to point at people like (the performers) and say that’s what this institution is about, helping people find their core talent, their bliss and be able to go out and do this for a living.”

Ta’u Pupu’a, former WSU football player turned opera star, encouraged students to continue their education, even when others¬†say they can’t or they are not good enough.

“Keep going and set your goals high,” Pupu’a said. “Keep the faith and have courage to move forward.”

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Ta’ Pupu’a, former Weber State Football player, attended the event and performed. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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Cecily Ellis- Bills sings two songs during the performance (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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Many celebrated the 50 years of the Val A. Browning Center with a pre-party. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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Many celebrated the 50 years of the Val A. Browning Center with a pre-party. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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Many celebrated the 50 years of the Val A. Browning Center with a pre-party. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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Joe Mcqueen Quartet plays “The Thing” (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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Ta’u Pupu’a & Cecily Ellis- Bills share a song to celebrate the 50 years of the performing arts. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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To celebrate the 50 years of the performing arts Ginger Bess sings. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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The Hill Air Force Base Inspirational Gospel Choir celebrate the 50 years of the performing arts. (Kaitlyn Johnson/ The Signpost)
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