East LA College goes after the art crowd

Perhaps the biggest annual event at East Los Angeles College is the East Los Angeles Classic, which draws thousands to watch the Garfield and Roosevelt high school football teams face off in the campus stadium. But college leaders want to attract a new type of fan to campus, the art lover and culture vulture, and they are spending big to attract them. ELAC is building a new $65 million Fine Arts Complex that will include not only classrooms but a new 335-seat recital hall, a 167-seat drama theater and a new home for the Vincent Price Art Museum that features three levels of galleries and exhibit space. The hope is that this trio of buildings rising on the southeastern corner of the campus will emerge as a new cultural hub east of downtown Los Angeles.

But will people come to ELAC for fine arts as well as football? And how will the district’s budget crunch affect the complex, conceived a decade ago, when it is scheduled to open in the fall of next year? It’s not clear but college officials remain confident about the complex.

“It will serve as the arts center for the community,” said Richard Anderson, assistant to the president. “It will be stunning.” Read more

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