Raley’s Studio / New Location

The E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts at the Fremont School

A collaboration made possible with a gift from Joyce Raley Teel


Project Overview

• The City of Sacramento (City)
• Sacramento City Unified School District (District)
• The Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Opera and Philharmonic, and a variety of other local arts organizations
• The region’s leading philanthropists

The Studios
The Studios is a story of urban revitalization using the arts and education as economic drivers. It’s a public/private collaboration creating a new performing arts campus from a vacant and declining block in Sacramento.

1. Key benefits to the City:
o Consummates a long standing civic priority to sustain its major performing arts groups
o Revitalizes a key Midtown neighborhood by repurposing a closed and vacant school
o Rehabilitates one of its historic assets, the Fremont School built in the 1920’s
o Adds a premiere music, dance and theatrical asset to the central city

2. Key benefits to the District:
o When budget constraints have restricted arts education in our schools, students gain access to internships, summer camps, workshops, performances and access to professional artists, technicians and managers
o Eliminates the social and economic burden of maintaining a non-compliant facility

3. Key benefits to the arts organizations:
o Provides a permanent, shared home
o Creates an arts incubator encouraging collaboration and cooperation
o Enhances long term stability by creating new revenue opportunities

4. It’s a story that has survived the recession and is part of Sacramento’s renaissance.

5. It costs less than half of the original plan…$6.5 million compared to $24 million.

Milestones and Funding
• On November 21st, The Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to Lease the facility to the City of Sacramento.

• On December 17th, The City of Sacramento City Council is scheduled to vote to accept the District Lease and issue a Sublease to the Studios.

• The groups formed the Studios Operating Company to secure and operate the campus under the direction of a Board of Directors made up of the arts groups, the City and the District.

• Dreyfuss & Blackford, architects, and Rudolph & Sletten, construction managers, have worked pro bono through 2013 to complete feasibility design and costing. Now under contract, the architect is producing construction documents to submit for permits in December.

• City Council Resolutions 2013-144 and 2013-0247 authorize two $2.5 million grants for construction.

• The Studios has approximately $1.5 million in capital from private donations.

• The Studios will be seeking bridge financing of the second City grant.

• The opening is slated for the Fall of 2014.