Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced a $500,000 contribution towards the development of the new Performing Arts Center at Cal State University Northridge.
A collaborative effort between the County and the University to improve access to the performing arts for the residents of the San Fernando Valley, the new 1700-seat venue will join the County’s Music Center, Center Theatre Group, and the Los Angeles Opera to showcase quality music, dance, theater, films, and theater productions.
“This new Performing Arts Center is the culmination of a 49-year-old dream by CSUN’s founders, who intended for the campus to be the cultural and economic heart of the San Fernando Valley ,” said Antonovich. “It will be the largest arts venue in the Valley and will draw residents from adjoining valleys and across the County.”
Large enough to accommodate full-scale Broadway productions and operas, the
Arts Center ’s main Performance Hall features advanced acoustical tuning to adapt for a variety of presentations in music, dance, theater, films or speakers. The hall also will be, opening the Valley to such shows for the first time.
Cal State Northridge is California ’s leading public university in preparing future teachers, and has committed to major arts education and K-12 outreach efforts in the new center.
One of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, accommodates nearly 1.3 million people annually to performances at its four major downtown venues. Its Education Division offers a professional development program for teachers.