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Catalog Number 2000/019/003
Collection Economic Development and Reigonal Enterprise
Object Name Archival Collection
Scope & Content The Performing Arts Collection (PAC) is arranged in four series: 1. Administrative Files, 2. Studies and Proposals, and 3. Correspondence. Items span the years 1988 to 1997, with the bulk of materials from 1993-1997. The first, Administrative series, consists of four subseries: General, Meetings, Technical Materials, and Contracts. The items are arranged (when possible) in chronological order within each subseries. The files contain newspaper clippings related to Sacramento arts groups, city maps of downtown, potential project development schedules, The Sacramento Regional PAC and Conferencing Facility Study, news clippings on PAC, newsletters, pamphlets, reports, meeting notes, memoranda, meeting attendance lists, work session agenda, sign-in sheets, faxes, and presentation lists.
The second, Studies and Proposals, series contains five subseries arranged by submitting agencies-- and then chronologically. Studies by Ancthus, SH2a, Vail Engineering, Boora Architects, and AMS Planning and Research contain feasibility studies and/or proposals for PAC construction. Studies show what locations were considered as possible construction sites as well as potential need for a performing arts center and conference facility in downtown Sacramento.
The third series, Correspondence, is divided into two subseries of General and Technical. Topics of General Correspondence include: site selection, feasibility studies, agency insurance specs, parking, work-sessions. There is correspondence with Mayor Joe Serna, performing arts group leaders, architects, and planning groups. Topics of Technical Correspondence include diagrams for sites, AMS research, agenda, and financing options.
The final series, Public Reponses consists of just one subseries and contains letters from the general public, performing arts-groups leaders, and individual citizens on subject of the proposed PAC. It sheds useful light on the public perception of the proposed development of downtown Sacramento.
Dates of Creation 1990-1999, circa
Dates of Accumulation
Title Performing Arts Series
Subjects Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
Date 1988-1997, circa
Classification Redevelopment
Old Sacramento
Notes Administrative History:
According to its website (, the mission of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is to revitalize communities and provide affordable housing opportunities. The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is a Joint Powers Authority created as a public agency by the City and County of Sacramento in 1973. SHRA is the lead public agency and public developer for the City and the County regarding affordable housing, public housing and redevelopment projects and issues.
SHRA oversees residential and commercial revitalization activities in 14 redevelopment areas throughout the City and County. The Agency provides a variety of financial assistance programs for first-time homebuyers, and offers several loan programs and other assistance to the business community.
Among the projects considered by the SHRA was a proposed Performing Arts Center to be built in downtown Sacramento. In 1990 the City adopted the goals of "The Cultural and Entertainment District Master Plan." This plan expressed the theory that the performing arts are a proven strength and that they are a major component in furthering the city's cultural and economic growth.
The Master Plan involved studies of existing facilities and existing facility needs, and the feasibility of constructing a Performing Arts Center in downtown Sacramento. By at least 2000 the Performing Arts Center Project had become the province of the Downtown Development Group (DDG) which, according to its website (, manages two redevelopment project areas: The Merged Downtown Sacramento Redevelopment Project Area and the Richards Boulevard Redevelopment Project Area. They work with private sector partners to continue the transformation of Downtown Sacramento into a dynamic corporate, retail, restaurant and entertainment marketplace.