Hoping to create a new San Fernando Valley landmark, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is scheduled today to boost county support of a new, $100-million performing arts center at Cal State Northridge.
Yaroslavsky will contribute $2 million in taxpayer money from his district's share of the county's capital projects budget.
The 1,700-seat venue will operate in partnership with the county-owned Music Center downtown, which includes the Center Theater Group and the Los Angeles Opera. The collaboration, still in its early stages, could mean shared performances or expanded arts education at the Cal State campus.
"This will raise the level of cultural and artistic performance in the Valley significantly," said Yaroslavsky, a longtime supporter of the arts. He likened the new performing arts center's potential effect on the Valley to Walt Disney Concert Hall's revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.
Yaroslavsky contributed $1 million from his office-holder account to help complete construction of Disney Hall.
The new complex, to open in 2009, would be the largest such venue in the San Fernando Valley.
Today's announcement offers a "major signal that this project is going to be a reality," said Cal State Northridge President Jolene Koester.