Celebrating 10 Years in the
Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center!
2002 - 2012
The Arnette Scott Ward Performing Arts Center was funded by revenue bonds approved by the MCCCD Governing Board with a budget of $5,433,300. A ground breaking ceremony was held on Saturday, April 15, 2000 with construction beginning shortly afterward.
The architectural firm chosen for the project was Gould Evans. They received an architectural design award for the building in 2001 from the American Institute of Architects. The construction of the building was completed by Layton Southwest. The building was first occupied in the fall semester of 2002. This building replaces the limited performance space of A155 previously used for all productions.
The PAC is the home to all the CGCC Performing Arts programs including:
* Vocal and Instrumental Music
* Musical Theater
Current ensembles that perform at the PAC include the CGCC Big Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, College Singers, Chamber Singers, Community Concert Band, String Orchestra Additionally each school year features a variety of theater and musical theater productions.
The PAC theater seats 299 people. The building also contains faculty and staff offices, and performance support facilities including costuming and make-up areas, dressing rooms, a full-scale set building shop, storage and classroom space. The detached PAC150 building, was designed as a black box theater, but due to limited space it is currently known as the Studio and is used a classroom space for several musical ensembles and dance classroom. It is also used for performances as is the other Performing Arts classroom located in Agave Hall directly to the south of the PAC, room AGA155.
The CGCC Box Office is located in the area near the main entrance to the theater. On the campus side of the Box Office is the third performance space associated with the PAC. Afternoon concerts and other events are held in the PAC Amphitheater throughout the year.