In January of 2007, Linda Knohl, current APAC Foundation Board of Directors President, local philanthropist and arts advocate for the City of Anaheim, speaking for both stage and musical theater performing arts, made a presentation to the Anaheim City Council. During this presentation she shared her vision:
“Ensure the performing arts remain an essential part of the tapestry of Anaheim by establishing an Anaheim Performing Arts Center.”
Linda asked for the council’s acknowledgement and advocacy in the efforts to bring all these great art institutions under one roof. In doing this, the City of Anaheim, renowned for its superb sports and entertainment industries, would also be recognized as a world-class entertainment destination in the mosaic of the cultural and performing arts.
The City Council of Anaheim expressed definite interest in the project and supported the establishment of a 501(c) (3) non-profit foundation to begin the process of developing plans. Once completed, the performing arts center will serve as a venue for Broadway entertainment, musical theater, drama, opera, symphony, dance, etc.
The construction and outfitting of a signature building with performance and educational facilities is a multi-phased project. In November 2016, APAC Foundation signed an ENA (exclusive negotiation agreement) with the city, which now gives the Foundation exclusive rights to the site located at the current City National Grove exists.
As we enter our next phase of the project, we must raise $20 million by March 1st, 2018, and we are underway in selecting a firm to help facilitate our capital campaign.
An advisory board has been established and has grown to over 30 members, including key stake holders, arts leaders, businessmen, and politicians.