Building World-Class Arts Facilities
The Arts initiative's goals will require new and upgraded spaces for studios, exhibitions, rehearsals, and performances. The need for such space among Stanford students, faculty, and visitors far exceeds anything available. The lack of facilities frequently functions as a limitation on the ability of the arts departments and organizations on campus to develop the sort of innovative programming appropriate to a university of Stanford's stature. As part of a master plan for arts facilities spanning 15 to 20 years Stanford is pursuing a system of both "clustered" and "distributed" spaces. The clustered spaces will bring together the arts departments around the Cantor Arts Center and a new Concert Hall, creating a new "arts district." The distributed arts spaces will eventually create new resources throughout the campus, including dedicated arts spaces within the student residences. During The Stanford Challenge, the Arts Initiative will focus on three major building projects: the Bing Concert Hall, the McMurtry Art Building, and the Plattner Design Institute.
Important projects have already been completed, including renovation of Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Accoustics and the creation of a temporary "black box" theatre for the Drama Department. In fall 2008, doors opened for Stanford's new Ceramics Studio in Elliott Program Center, run by the Stanford Ceramics Club. The club holds multiple classes each quarter at the studio. Also in fall 2008, the Stanford Coffee House opened its doors after renovation with a newly equipped stage with built-in sound system. During 2008-09, 179 performances took place on the CoHo stage, making great use of the new sound system. Concurrently, a recording and animation studio was installed into Kimball Hall, the Arts Theme House at Stanford.
HASSO PLATTNER INSTITUTE OF DESIGN
As of spring 2010, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design is now housed in the renovated Building 550, a classic Stanford structure just south of the Quad. The 47,000-square-foot building features versatile spaces designed for collaborative learning, team teaching, and group projects. Learn more about the d.School at http://dschool.stanford.edu
BING CONCERT HALL
The 844-seat Bing Concert Hall will be an acoustically exceptional venue that will be well suited to a wide range of music performances, from small chamber ensembles to full-sized orchestra, jazz, and multimedia events. Construction of the Concert Hall is expected to be competed in summer 2012. Learn more about Bing Concert Hall at http://binghall.stanford.edu
MCMURTRY ART BUILDING
Stanford is also planning a new McMurtry Art Building, including facilities for the new Film and Media Studies Program. The building will be adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center, helping to integrate all the visual arts on campus and to coordinate courses, exhibitions, film screenings, and other programs. The new building will add flexible studio art teaching spaces and technology-rich infrastructure for digital art, media production and filmmaking and screening.
The addition of the new Art Building next to Cantor Arts Center and a new Concert Hall next to Frost Amphitheater will help to create a campus "arts district" around the Oval. A pedestrian "arts walk" will connect the district's various elements. Eventual additions may include new facilities for drama and music. Accessible from Palm Drive, the "arts district" will facilitate ties between Stanford and its local community.