Yorba Linda Cultural Arts Center
About the Cultural Arts Center
The Yorba Linda Cultural Arts Center is the Parks and Recreation Department's newest state-of-the-art facility. The Arts Center will be used by local community groups and non-profit organizations to host theater productions, public art exhibits, art festivals, and other special events. Adjacent to the new Yorba Linda Public Library, the two facilities are joined by a central paseo, which will serve as a gathering place for visitors. The architecture of both buildings draws inspiration from the look and feel of Yorba Linda. The gently sloping roofs allude to the adjacent hills and mountains, while the rhythmically spaced lanterns overlooking the paseo provide a timeless aesthetic. By utilizing natural materials such as stone and wood, the buildings convey sophistication, while also incorporating inspirations from nature.
The Virginia De Land Theater
The centerpiece of the Arts Center is the Virginia De Land Theater, a hyperflexible black box theater with robust functionality to support a variety of performance mediums and events, including plays, recitals, concerts, and other performance art. Named for Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera founder Virginia De Land, the generally raw space is embellished with a sophisticated layering of dark, rich tones and beautiful yet high-performing acoustic treatments to make a one-of-a-kind space for the community. A combination of retractable seating and customizable seating risers allow for flexible seating configurations. The theater is complemented by a Music Room, which can be used as a green room for performances.
The Art Studio anchors the Lakeview approach to the campus, and provides ample storage, pin-up walls, and natural light. At the front of the space, a soaring Arts Lantern will serve as a beacon to the community, displaying the wide range of arts programming available. Additionally, a shaded Art Yard with a translucent shaded trellis accessed from the northside of the space includes both kilns and sinks for sculpture and pottery.
Complementing the Art Studio, the Dance Studio anchors the east end of the paseo. Here, the rising roofline results in a large dance studio with integrated mirror/ballet barre wall, as well as a sliding glass wall out to the community amphitheater, connecting indoor and outdoor spaces. The Dance Studio will host a variety of the Parks and Recreation Department’s dance and specialty fitness classes.
A linear gallery weaves along the southside of the Arts Center, linking the Art Studio, Black Box Theater, and Dance Studio, providing a warm and inviting space for residents before and after programs and performances. Currently, the Gallery features photos of the site throughout the construction process; in the future it will showcase rotating artwork from Arts Center programs and local artists. The Gallery, in combination with the paseo, will serve event rentals and theater productions as intermission and gathering spaces.