SF school board backs new downtown arts center

A proposed new arts center in downtown San Francisco was unanimously supported by The City’s Board of Education on Tuesday.

The proposal also would move Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, which is currently located on Portola Drive, to 135 Van Ness Ave. so that the San Francisco Unified School District can create a creative hub in the heart of The City’s performing arts district at the Civic Center.

Passing the resolution is a symbol of the board’s support for the district’s three-decade goal of moving its flagship arts school, which was founded in 1982 and named after local Japanese-American sculptor Ruth Asawa.

The estimated building cost for the new school and performing arts center is about $217 million, $15 million of which the school district already has.

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