Southern California Program

Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

Arts and Culture
Los Angeles, CA
December 2019

The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County.  The non-profit performing arts organization serves over 1.3 million people annually through its constellation of resident companies and theatres, the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center series and its community and education programs.  A grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation is supporting the renovation of The Music Center’s 55-year-old central plaza.  Redesigned by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the new plaza will be more functional and versatile and accommodate outdoor, multidisciplinary arts programming.  The renovation plan honors the plaza’s history, retaining the iconic fountain, shade trees, and sculpture, while offering easier and more universal access through a graduated Grand Avenue staircase and escalators; digital jumbo screens; a full-service restaurant, a wine bar and a coffee house; and more open flexible spaces.  Programming on the plaza will range from The Music Center’s traditional arts activities and children’s festivals to new opportunities developed in partnership with local arts groups.  The new plaza will serve as a true front door for The Music Center and will be a destination where people can gather for learning, relaxation or inspiration.

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