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General view of atmosphere at the Milk + Bookies' Third Annual Story Time Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on April 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
The final expansion of the Skirball Cultural Center will be celebrated on October 19, 2013 marking the completion of a 30-year plan to update the Jewish cultural institution. The project’s vision was between Uri Herscher, President of Skirball, and Moshe Safdie, an architect.
There will be two new adorning buildings Herscher Hall and Guerin Pavilion that will add to the 15 acre campus which includes classrooms, event facilities, gardens, and museum galleries.
The new additions are 80,000 square-feet and will include a grand hall that can accommodate up to 1,200 people. The Skirball center has been opened since 1996 and was the first Jewish cultural institution in the United States to define itself by cross-cultural exchange. The center does numerous outreach beyond the Jewish community and has a strong commitment to inclusivity.
Moshe Safdie, architect, urban planner, educator, and theorist
Uri Herscher, Founding President and CEO Skirball Cultural Center