Why Diastole?

Solely because it may serve as a gathering place for people.  Its purpose has no defined program, no end point, no agenda.  It has no politics and no bias.  Except the bias of believing in people coming together, thinking, talking, reasoning, planning.  It was built to be a happy, provocative, stimulating meeting place, a place of goodwill and shared endeavor.  Hopefully, it will never be a neutral building but one that encourages people to say “Why not?”

That is what we set out to do.

E. Grey Dimond
Remarks at the dedication,
1994