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L.A. County High School for the Arts
to break ground on new $25 million facility
Feb. 23 event to mark milestone in public arts education
Los Angeles, CA --- It’s the training ground for L.A.’s most talented teens and the alma mater of the likes of recording artist Josh Groban and actor Corbin Bleu. But since its launch in 1985, the L.A. County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) has never really had a home of its own, being fully integrated on the campus of Cal State L.A.
Now, thanks to the allocation of state bond funding, the region’s premier public arts high school will finally have its own building with 21 classrooms, a “black box” theatre and outdoor stage area. It is the realization of a long-held dream and will be a boon to the school community, providing space for instruction, assemblies, faculty and parent meetings, and other school functions. The LACHSA will break ground on its new $25 million facility on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
“The College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles joins in the celebration of the new LACHSA facility ground breaking. Arts and Letters at CSULA currently shares creative/performance and classroom spaces in the Music Building with the talented young people who attend LACHSA. We are happy that they will have a new building that will further enliven their programs and provide the students with a sense of home at CSULA,” said Bryant Keith Alexander, interim dean of the University’s College of Arts and Letters.
WHAT: A ceremony to break ground on a new facility for the L.A. County High School for the Arts, a tuition-free public school that combines college-preparatory academic instruction with conservatory-style training in the visual and performing arts. LACHSA enrolls 600 students from across L.A. County who are selected through a competitive process of juried auditions or portfolio reviews. Grand opening of the new facility is slated for Sept. 2012.
WHO: L.A. County Supervisors Michael Antonovich (District 5) and Zev Yaroslavsky (District 3) will join with officials from the L.A. County Office of Education and Cal State L.A., as well as students and community stakeholders, to celebrate the start of a construction project that will invigorate public arts education in the region.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 — 10 a.m.
WHERE: LACHSA construction site on the Cal State L.A. campus; next to Parking Lot 5 (#20 on campus map). The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 freeways. Permit dispenser parking is available in the upper level of Parking Structure C. (For campus map and directions: /univ/maps/cslamap.php)
BACKGROUND: LACHSA is operated by the Los Angeles County Office of Education in partnership with Cal State L.A. The Office has received a total grant of $31.8 million from the California School Facilities Program funded through Propositions 47, 55 and 1D. Additional funding comes from a career-technical education grant of $1.27 million for the black box theatre and a matching grant of $1.25 million from the Arts High Foundation. The current projected cost of the project is $24.8 million.
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