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Santa Maria Sun / Art

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Hancock's plan for fine arts complex moves forward


Allan Hancock College’s planned Fine Arts Complex project was one of 15 capital outlay projects for community colleges included in the 2017-18 California state budget recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Hancock will receive about half of the cost for the $48 million facility from the state through Proposition 51, which California voters passed last year.

The Fine Arts Complex proposal features a 68,000 square foot, two-story building with a recital hall and space to house the college’s art, dance, drama, film, graphics, music, photography, and multimedia arts and communication programs. The state-of-the-art recital hall will be funded through a $10 million gift left by Patty Boyd to the college in support of its music program. Boyd, a lifelong patron of the arts and native Santa Marian who passed away in July 2012, taught piano as a faculty member for many years at Hancock.

Currently, the college’s fine arts department, which has outgrown its space, is housed in five buildings on the Santa Maria campus. Many of the buildings were built in the early 1960s when the nucleus of the Hancock campus was constructed. The Fine Arts Complex will be built near the middle of the Santa Maria campus, in unoccupied space between the Performing Arts Center and buildings C, K ,and S.

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