Rios Clementi Hale Studios' rendering of Music Center Plaza

Rios Clementi Hale Studios' rendering of Music Center Plaza

Downtown’s Music Center performing arts complex has received donations from multiple donors reaching nearly $3 million.

The gifts, totaling $2.7 million from private foundations and individuals, are earmarked for capital costs of the $41 million Music Center Plaza renovation, Music Center said in a Feb. 11 announcement.

In addition, some of the donations will go toward free and low-cost programs covered by Music Center’s TMC Arts Fund.

Los Angeles County provided $30 million to renovate the plaza, which reopened in August after a 20-month project led by Leimert Park-based design and architecture firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios.

New funds from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the S. Mark Taper Foundation will support plaza renovation while a gift from philanthropist Susan Kendall will support TMC Arts programming.

Terri and Jerry Kohl, founders of Brighton Collectibles, provided $899,000 in matching dollars to the TMC Arts Fund, which exceeds the Kohls’ original $500,000 challenge grant.

TMC Arts Fund supports public programs, education and dance, as well as free and low-cost arts and cultural programming on the Music Center campus.

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