The local visual arts scene is expected to gain an important new outlet with the completion of a new arts center in downtown Escondido. Construction is to begin next month.
The center will be composed of four key elements: a 1,500-seat theater, a 400-seat theater, a conference facility and a visual arts complex with three gallery spaces ranging in size from about 3,000 to 10,000 square feet.
The visual arts portion of the center will be managed by the Felicita Foundation as part of an agreement with the city that has yet to be finalized. The foundation is the largest arts group in Escondido.
The new galleries probably will not acquire a permanent collection, said Jack Anderson, Escondido's assistant city manager. Instead, the facility will concentrate on showing visiting exhibits and the work of regional artists.