Master planning, architecture, interior design, products and graphics combine to transform a neighborhood with a burst of color and activity. The Performance Hall contains a 966-seat state-of-the-art auditorium, and a separate Activity Building offers classroom, rehearsal and small-scaled performance space. The buildings are joined by an outdoor promenade and gently sloping lawn for hosting outdoor concerts and festivals along a canal edge, reactivating the waterfront. The Performance Hall functions as both an art piece and a stage-set for the community, where visitors become part of the choreographed setting. The form - two angled and folded planes rising up and over the sides of a vast glass façade, represents the theatrical genres of comedy and tragedy, highlighting the act and art of performance. A motif of movement begins as visitors ascend the broad stairs and ramps to the elevated exterior plaza, continuing inside where a series of open, staircases rise to the upper levels. The patrons on stairs and balconies become performers on a stage, visible as silhouettes from the street, as they circulate in front of an innovative light installation that illuminates the entire translucent inner lobby screened wall, with changing, vibrantly-colored designs. The separate Activities Building continues the theme, creating a stage for the practices occurring behind the large glass wall. The motif of movement is further expressed in various patterns of dashes and ellipses that are carried throughout the exterior hardscape pattern, entrance canopy, lobby kiosks, flooring, sculptures, and upholstery. The color scheme that begins in the plaza’s hardscape moves into the terrazzo floor in the lobby, and ultimately into the custom designs of the draperies, upholstery, grand curtain and acoustic panels. The Cultural Arts Center hosts a diverse range of entertainment, educational and outreach activities, drawing the community itself onto the stage, and into every performance.