Partners and Project Leads
The Mammoth Lakes Foundation and our supporters believe that availability of higher education and cultural enrichment in the Eastern Sierra enhances the quality of life enjoyed by residents, second homeowners and visitors. It balances the recreational attractions in the community with cultural and educational opportunities. Higher education promotes leadership, stimulates growth and builds a stronger year-round economy and community.
Recreation Facilities Planning Priorities Grid (created by Recreation Commission) defines this including appropriate acoustics, lighting, adequate venue, meeting space and parking that can attract town wide events, major new festivals, concerts, visual art exhibits, sporting, educational & civic events. The vision for this facility is blended in with the one for an Outdoor amphitheater and conference space. The document says this is a feasible short to long term project cited in RECSTRATS and Parks & Recreation Master Plan. The Recreation Facilities Planning Scoring Matrix (6/18/13) says this is within an adopted plan and visitor driving.
Since its founding in 1989, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation:
- Was instrumental in bringing Cerro Coso Community College to Mammoth
- Constructed Edison Hall
- Acquired the land for the Mammoth Cerro Coso campus, student housing, the Dave and Roma McCoy Learning Center, the Mono County Office of Education and MUSD offices, the Library, Edison Hall, and other future facilities
- Successfully promoted Measure C to provide local funding for facilities
- Was instrumental in obtaining funding for the Dave and Roma McCoy Learning Center,
- Financed and constructed the Gateway Student Housing
- Constructed the Edison Theater within Edison Hall, creating the first purpose-built venue in Mammoth for stage productions, lectures, and similar events.
The proposed facility is projected to open in 2018. In order to realistically reach that date the following strategies will need to take place:
- Support creative programming opportunities
- Develop, encourage and promote world class programming
- Actively recruit and program year round live entertainment
- Construct modern, efficient facilities at a reasonable cost
- Establish a sustainable organizational structure and self-perpetuating governance
- Develop a compelling user experience
- Ensure financial stability and longevity
Vision for the Facility
Mammoth Lakes Foundation (MLF) is partnered with the Kern County Community College District to create a Mammoth Arts and Culture Center on the Mammoth Lakes Cerro Coso Community College District Campus. The CEO of the MLF, Evan Russell, has created a business plan that includes a 300-seat indoor facility, a 500 – 800 seat outdoor facility and an even larger outside amphitheater that could seat 5000.
Location & Partnership Options
The proposed performing arts center will be located on Mammoth Lakes Foundation property, which is adjacent to the Mammoth Lakes Cerro Coso Community College property. The MLF has collaborated with the Kern County Community College District and the Town of Mammoth Lakes to create elements of the business plan.
The estimated cost for the completion of the complex is approximately $7 million. Funding to support the construction of the project has been identified from Measure C and private donations. There is a request to support the annual long-term operations of the performing arts center through Measure U funding. The final budget numbers for this project are still pending. Operations and maintenance costs need to be included in the project.
- Complete partnership agreements between MLF, TOML, MLR, CCCC, MLT, ESTA, MAC
- Leverage major donor funding of $2 million with a $1 million challenge gift
- Launch a capital campaign to help fund venues and support facilities
- Work closely with MLR on sponsorship and funding opportunities
- Create a new MACC board and organizational structure under the umbrella of MLF
- Create MACC governance plan and hire staff to operate and manage the MACC
- Finish planning of the Events Center , hire architect and select construction management method
- Complete and schedule a Grand Opening in the fall of 2018