A well-known arts hub for 7 to 12th graders in Santa Ana is about to get bigger. Construction is underway on a new $20 million instructional center at the Orange County School of the Arts.
The school, which started in 1987 as a small after-school program, now draws its 2,000 students from across the state. Its acceptance rate is about 15 percent.
Officials said the new 60,000 square-foot building will house 14 dance studios, seven science labs and practice space for music and choir students. It'll replace two existing structures on campus.
"Our students deserve an enhanced campus environment that matches the commitment and passion they bring to OCSA," Ralph Opacic, the school's founder and executive director, said in a written statement.
The school began raising money for the project about a year ago and officials said it's received half the money, $10 million. Marybelle and S. Paul Musco, well-known art and education philanthropists in Orange County, Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom and Martha and James Newkirk are among the contributors.
Officials said construction will take about a year.