|Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) today broke ground for the next project on the college campus – the 1,000-seat Performing Arts Theater.
OCCC President, Paul Sechrist, members of the Board of Regents, Theater Campaign committee members, Oklahoma City Council men and women, OCCC students, faculty, staff and community members were all on hand for the 2 p.m. ceremonies.
The Performing Arts Theater at OCCC will be one of the premiere venues in the metro area designed to host major cultural events for the community and for the students of OCCC.
The $16 million dollar theater will complete the architectural design of the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Four years ago, students of the OCCC Leadership Council supported an additional fee that provided $8 million dollars in bond funding covering half of the estimated cost of the facility. Lead gifts of $1 million dollars from the Sarkeys Foundation and $500,000 from the Inasmuch Foundation initiated a community fundraising campaign. Another two million dollars in donations from foundations, corporations and individuals, combined with OCCC capital improvement funds, have set the stage for construction to begin in early 2011. The expected completion date is December 2012.
“Before we actually break ground on this new project, let me first invite you to reserve a date for sometime in the spring of 2013, when we’ll be enjoying the first of many performances in the new theater,” Dr. Sechrist, said.