The construction of the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts was help started by Texas Panhandle philanthropist, Caroline Bush Emeny. In 1999, Bush Emeny created a fundraiser for the center, which raised about $12 million. In 2003, William S. Morris III, chairman and CEO of Augusta, Georgia-based Morris Communications, and parent company of the Amarillo Globe-News, donated $3 million to the center.
In August 2003, Hunt Construction Group, Inc. broke ground and cleared way on an empty lot in downtown Amarillo. The main theater portion of the building is wrapped in red sandstone, which depicts the walls of nearby Palo Duro Canyon. The building’s three-levels contains administrative offices, dressing rooms and staging areas. The center has an 1,300-seat auditorium, which is 1,000 fewer than the Amarillo Civic Center auditorium. The glass curtain wall on the east side of the building represents a sunrise over Palo Duro Canyon.