CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center receives $165,000 in federal funding

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Congressman Brad Sherman (Sherman Oaks) announced November 3 that California State University, Northridge (CSUN) received $165,000 in federal funding for construction of the Valley Performing Arts Center. Once completed, the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN will serve as the premier cultural destination for thousands of residents throughout the San Fernando Valley, as well as Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.


Rendering of the Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN.

“The Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN will serve as a world-class venue for student and professional theatrical and musical productions,” said Congressman Sherman. “This new venue will allow Valley residents to enjoy a variety of theater performances right in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, enhancing the cultural and intellectual spirit of the community.”

California State University, Northridge is currently building the 160,000 square foot state-of-the-arts center, which includes a 1,700-seat main performance hall. Other features include a 178-seat black box theater for experimental and smaller-scale student productions, two full-size rehearsal spaces, indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, lecture halls, and a full studio for the award-winning campus radio station, KCSN-FM. The $125 million Valley Performing Arts Center will be completed by August 2010. The opening gala is scheduled for January 2011.

“We truly appreciate Congressman Sherman’s assistance with this funding. It takes us a large step closer to ensuring that people who live or work in the San Fernando Valley have a place to call their own, where they can experience world class art and culture,” said Dr. Jolene Koester, President of California State University, Northridge.

California State University, Northridge is one of California’s largest universities educating more than 35,000 students each year. Since coming to Congress, Congressman Sherman has helped secure approximately $1.8 million in federal appropriations funding various projects and programs including the Valley Performing Arts Center, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education for teacher education programs, the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication for arts education programs, transportation improvements and an entertainment technology program.

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