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Stanford Report, April 26, 2000

Feasibility study planned for performing arts facilities

The university and the city of Palo Alto last week announced they had funding in place to conduct a feasibility study to explore forming a partnership to build new performing arts facilities near the downtown area of Palo Alto and on the Stanford campus.

Palo Alto and Stanford are each contributing $50,000 for the study.

"Stanford is enthusiastic about this cooperative exploration with Palo Alto," said Larry Horton, director of government and community relations. "New facilities are needed to support Stanford's academic programs in the performing arts. New facilities will also enable the public to enjoy a broader range of high quality performances. Everyone can benefit if we do this right."

Last year, a task force made up of Palo Alto City Council members, community representatives and Stanford faculty and staff evaluated the outstanding needs of Stanford and city performing arts programs and determined there was mutual benefit to partnering in developing new facilities.

A panel representing the university, the city and TheatreWorks, a local theater company, has selected Auerbach and Associates of San Francisco to conduct the feasibility study, which is expected to be completed by early summer. SR