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The Stage Press Release – October 17, 2007
Los Angeles Times Article – October 17, 2007
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KMZT MP3 Sound Bites:
01 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zecchetto

02 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zecchetto 2

03 P.J. Ochlan with Maestro Kent Nagano

04 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Director Dale Franzen

05 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Director Dale Franzen 2

06 P.J. Ochlan with PACMA Asst. Director Adam Philipson

07 P.J. Ochlan with Architect Renzo Zeccetto

08 P.J. Ochlan with Malibu Mayor Andy Stern 1

09 P.J. Ochlan with Malibu Mayor Andy Stern 2

Community Outreach


In Fall 1999, the College began hosting The Madison Performance Series, free noon-time concerts at the Madison Campus specifically designed so that local private and public school students can attend. Each event has included the bringing of children from Santa Monica and Los Angeles area schools to the site to interact with the performers. Now in its seventh season, the series has formalized a relationship with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District that includes a City of Santa Monica grant for transportation, and additional 10:30am arts education children’s assemblies preceding the public event at noon.

To date, more than 20,000 children from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have attended Madison Site Theater performances. Additionally, members of SMC’s Emeritus College and other senior groups have attended performances.

The concerts have also included the performance of the Santa Monica High School Chamber Orchestra and the Palisades High Chamber Singers and the Manzanar Youth Choir, fulfilling the vision of exposing young student performers to professional groups who act as mentors and artistic role models.

Madison Site Theater - Arts Education Outreach


Community-based art projects at the Madison site have included a mural project for the visual arts, completed in 1999, involving students from SMC’s Emeritus College and Community Services program, under the direction of muralist Elizabeth Sadoff; and instruction provided by ETC, a musical theater children’s program, to introduce young people to musical theater in an after school program.


To continue strengthening the arts education program at the Madison campus, the College is proposing to build a new 541-seat theater at the historic Madison site. Our hope is to create a resource that is compatible with its neighborhood and an asset to college students, high school and elementary students, neighbors, and community members.

To assure success in achieving these goals, the College has developed and is now engaged in a comprehensive outreach plan that involves broad community participation and dialog.

Of greatest importance to us are our neighbors. We have already met with our neighbors on several occasions, ranging from knocking on doors and introducing ourselves to public meetings and workshops. Throughout the planning process, we will continue with this effort, to make sure we understand and respond to all concerns. With guidance from neighbors, neighborhood and community groups, and adjacent businesses, we expect to create a facility that will be a much-celebrated cornerstone for all.

As an educational facility, the Madison Site Theater project will require final approval by the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees. In order to ensure full public participation, the Board has approved the following procedures:

Public Notification. Written information about the project including notices of all meetings and workshops will be provided to all members of our community. Community members can also stay informed throughout the process by means of a priority mailing list, an e-mail notification program, and through this website.
Neighborhood Outreach. We are meeting with the immediate neighbors of the project, as well as any interested neighborhood organizations, to listen to and gain information about any concerns.
Community Review. The College will review building plans and designs with a wide audience of College and community groups before presenting final plans to the College Board of Trustees for approval. The College will provide a minimum of two community-wide workshops on this project.
Governmental Approvals. The College will obtain all legally required governmental approvals for the project and contract for the independent preparation of all environmental reviews under CEQA and NEPA.
Staff Resources. The College has hired two consultants, Dennis Zane and Eileen Hecht, to assist with the public outreach and notification. Both consultants are well-known in the community and familiar with community expectations and concerns.
Office of State Architect. The College will submit building plans to the Office of State Architect for structural safety, access compliance, and fire and life safety approvals.

Links to the full text of the arts education outreach, community outreach process, community outreach workplan, and outreach progress reports can be found on the right hand column of this web page.

Staff Report on Community Outreach and Approval Process for Madison Site Theater

SMC Madison Site Theater Workplan for Community Outreach

Madison Theater Replacement Project
Community Outreach May – November, 2001
Prepared June 29, 2001

Notice of Preparation (NOP) of Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Madison Theater Project

Initial Study Checklist

Initial Study and Explanation of Environmental Determinations

Draft Environmental Impact Report – March 7, 2003

Final Environmental Impact Report – July 15, 2003

College Staff Report on FEIR on the Madison Theater Project