Asian Hall of Fame Partners with Orange County Music & Dance to Build Performing Arts Center
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Asian Hall of Fame joins forces with Orange County Music & Dance to build a new Performing Arts Center in the 1,300-acre Irvine Great Park.
LOS ANGELES and IRVINE, Calif., June 5, 2024 ~ In a groundbreaking partnership, the Asian Hall of Fame and Orange County Music & Dance have announced plans to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center at Irvine Great Park. The 1,300-acre municipal park, set to open in 2026, will become one of the largest in the world and will now be home to a world-class concert hall.

The new performing arts center, which will span 15,000 square feet and seat 800 people, will be the first Asian and Indigenous PAC in the United States. This collaboration between Asian Hall of Fame and Orange County Music & Dance aims to elevate public perception of Asian and Indigenous legacy in America and globally.

Asian Hall of Fame is a renowned cultural, educational, and research institution that annually inducts illustrious luminaries and pillars of the community. From Bruce Lee to Freddie Mercury of Queen, these individuals are recognized for their significant contributions to society.

The concert hall will not only serve as a venue for professional performances but also as a space for student performances and community groups in music, dance, and theatre. It will also serve as a permanent home for Asian Hall of Fame's cross-cultural content. Year-round shows will feature Grammy Award-winning founders of The Doors, Chicago, and other Goodwill Ambassadors.

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Moreover, this partnership will also support Asian Hall of Fame's professional programming and tech hub that advances its Research Institute, Asian and Native Women Impact Fund, and Trauma Advocacy Initiative. Additionally, charity events held at the performing arts center will provide scholarships to Orange County Music & Dance students. Currently serving nearly 300 students from diverse backgrounds including disadvantaged children, underserved adults, and veterans, OCMD is recognized as a Steinway Select School and Lang Lang International Music Foundation partner.

According to Douglas Freeman, Executive Chair & CEO of Orange County Music & Dance,"The collaboration with Asian Hall of Fame will supercharge our ability to enable students from all cultures, regardless of their financial circumstances, to follow their passion, explore their creativity and realize their dreams."

The President & CEO of Asian Hall of Fame, Maki Hsieh, also expressed her excitement about the partnership stating,"Asian Hall of Fame is dedicated to elevating Irvine Great Park with a destination experience that advances Orange County Music & Dance and ensures equitable access to excellence for generations to come."

The new performing arts center is estimated to cost $15 million, with Asian Hall of Fame providing $8 million towards the project. With its opening in 2026, the Asian Hall of Fame Performing Arts Center will become a landmark in the community and a testament to the partnership between these two esteemed organizations.
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