VIDEO: Building Dedication Ceremony Celebrates New Performing Arts Education Center

Dignitaries and community members turned out for the official Agoura PAEC building dedication ceremony Saturday morning.


The Las Virgenes Unified School District conducted a building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for Agoura Hills Performing Arts Education Center Saturday morning. The Calabasas PAEC had received a similar ceremony earlier in the day.

"These are amazing institutional platforms for theater, dance, music, arts, but so much more than that," Superintendent Dan Stepenosky told the crowd comprised of state and local officials as well as members of the community. "They represent a space that can be used by our entire school ... we want the community to be a part of these spaces."

The $18 million each identical facilities, located on the Agoura Hills and Calabasas high school campuses, were entirely funded through Measure G, which passed in 2006.

Also taking the podium, Board of Education President Lesli Stein, quoting former Citigroup Foundation CEO Paul Ostergard, said, "We need students who are culturally literate as well as math and science literate ...

"Clearly a well-rounded education incorporating the performing arts is the foundation for 21st century learning."

Each center, designed by architect John Sergio Fisher, houses a 650-seat main theater and the smaller 'black box' for educational classes and smaller productions. The state-of-the-art facilities will offer the school district theater arts education, cross-curricular instruction, virtual programs, lectures, live presentations and more.

"In the age of information, technology and 24-hour news, it is the arts and artists who create innovation, beauty and give meaning to our world," said Larry Misel, Agoura High School principal.

The ribbon cutting, performed by student Julia Mahterian, was followed by the building dedication by members of the board.

The facility promises to be a true cultural hub, Sen. Fran Pavley told Patch. "It's for everyone whether you have a child in the district or not ... and we have the voters to thank," she said.

Michael McCarty January 27, 2013 at 07:07 PM
It would be nice to hear more about what LEED certification these buildings were constructed using. A missed opportunity for the school system to teach a little something extra to it's students and the community.
Phil Ramuno January 27, 2013 at 10:28 PM
As someone who works and often volunteers in the arts, I think it is great when there is opportunities for young people to have a first class space for learning. At the same time, I am sad that the school district built such a monstrous looking building that is completely out of tune with the semi-rural surroundings.
Susan Pascal January 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM
According to information provided by the district, "The PAEC's are 'green buildings,' incorporating modern environmental components like white reflective roofs, low-flow plumbing and sustainable landscape design to achieve LEED certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council."
Larry Levit January 28, 2013 at 02:24 AM
And was Don Zimring invited???
Susan Pascal January 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Absolutely! He attended the festivities both Friday night and Saturday morning.


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