Together Apart: Behind the Screens
Former CSUN President Dr. Jolene Koester
on the building of The Soraya
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Dr. Jolene Koester, President of California State University, Northridge from 2000–2011, current CSUN President Dr. Erika Beck, and Soraya Executive Director Thor Steingraber discuss the building of the first performing arts venue of its kind in the Valley.
In spring 2011, the university completed the construction of the new Valley Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge—a two-decade quest for a site, a fundraising campaign interrupted by the Great Recession, and construction stalled by a state budget crisis. In the face of adversity, The Soraya, formerly the Valley Performing Arts Center, was born from tenacity. Its opening provided an opportunity to expand the university’s historic commitment to access and diversity.
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