FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2013
BREAD & BUTTER PUBLIC RELATIONS
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
THE SKIRBALL TO OPEN NEW GUERIN PAVILION
EVENT SPACE IN FALL 2013
The anticipated expansion will add an additional 17,500 square feet of space
to the institution’s impressive venue options
Los Angeles, CA (March 2013) – The Skirball Cultural Center will open a brand new space for meetings and events that will add 17,500 square feet to its existing venue capabilities. The new Guerin Pavilion, along with adjoining Herscher Hall, is expected to open in October of 2013 and will enable the Skirball to expand its distinguished roster of annual corporate, nonprofit and social events.
Designed by the Skirball’s celebrated architect, Moshe Safdie, the new building will feature a 9,000 square-foot ballroom capped with majestic arches and affording sweeping views of a cascading tiered garden. Fully retractable glass walls will make it possible for guests to open up the room to this uniquely designed garden. The ballroom will also maximize versatility thanks to optional dividing partitions, while Herscher Hall provides additional reception areas and well-appointed meeting rooms and suites. The inauguration of both the Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall marks the completion of the Skirball campus.
“We are proud to open this magnificent new space designed by Moshe Safdie at the Skirball Cultural Center,” said Marilyn Delanoeye, Skirball Vice President of Hospitality and Private Events. “The addition of the Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall will enable us to expand the event opportunities for our existing partners and hopefully for many new organizations and individuals, all while aligning with our ongoing mission to foster community and serve as a place where attendees at any event will feel at home.”
Situated on 15 acres in the lush Santa Monica Mountains, the Skirball Cultural Center has become one of the city’s premier venues for gatherings of all sizes, whether an intimate business meeting for 20 or a gala for up to 2,000. With the opening of the Guerin Pavilion, its flexible indoor and outdoor event space now totals more than 60,000 square feet, including dramatic ballrooms and auditoriums, galleries, courtyards, board rooms and classrooms¾all in a distinctive setting highlighted by peaceful garden patios, picturesque landscaping and abundant natural light. The Skirball offers personalized, professional service, gourmet on-site catering, as well as superb lighting, and audio/visual and information technologies.
Since opening to the public in 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and a leading cultural venue in Los Angeles. Its mission is to explore the connections between 4,000 years of Jewish heritage and the vitality of American democratic ideals. It seeks to welcome and inspire people of every ethnic and cultural identity in American life and to forge connections between individuals, families, and communities.
Featuring a museum, changing exhibitions, the children’s and family destination Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™, and a dynamic range of music, film, readings and talks, theater and dance, comedy, adult-education courses, and family programs, the Skirball welcomes more than 600,000 visitors each year. It has been home to many noteworthy clients, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, City of Hope, Walt Disney Productions, the American Cancer Society and Wells Fargo. The addition of the Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall will enable this cultural institution to expand the opportunities available to these and many new partners.
The Skirball is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. and is now accepting event bookings for the new space beginning in November 2013. Parking at the Skirball is complimentary. For more information, please visit www.skirball.org/guerin-pavilion or call (310) 440-4589.