New $28 Million Arts Center Opens Reedley College – GV Wire

A dusty corner of the Reedley College campus was the subject of great excitement Wednesday morning with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new McClarty Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

Harold McClarty, owner of HMC Farms, said when asked why his family was making a large donation to the project, his response was that “there is nothing more important than music and art. . It makes you human. It is our reason for being.

Reedley College, one of the oldest campuses in the Valley, has music and art in its curriculum, but lacks a venue to showcase the work of students, faculty, and the community.

That will change with the opening of the McClarty Center, President Jerry Buckley said.

The 24,000-square-foot center in the northeast corner of the Reed Avenue campus will be a state-of-the-art facility, with features not found at other performance centers in the valley, said Robert Petithomme, general manager. by Darden Architects, the center. designate.

He said the McClarty Center will attract audiences from all over.

College officials and community members, accompanied by the Reedley College mascot, pose for the traditional groundbreaking ceremony photo. (Reedley College/George Takata)

Celebrating the grand opening of an arts and music center seems especially timely now, State Center Chancellor Carole Goldsmith said. Reedley College is one of four colleges in the State Center Community College District.

“If anything, these past two years of lockdown and in our homes, and now that we’re dealing with incredible unrest globally, it’s really the arts, it’s the ability to come together and to sing, and to dance, that bring us together as humans, that bring us together in love,” she said. “And Reedley College will now have a place where our students and our community can come together and do exactly that, celebrating life.”

The McClarty Center will include the 500-seat Pete Peters Theater, a secure art gallery, green room, conference room, concessions and event gathering space. The project is estimated at $28 million.

William E. Bennett