San Francisco State Receives $10 Million for New Arts Center

San Francisco State University has announced a $10 million gift from alumni Manny and Neda Mashouf to support the construction of a new performing and electronic media arts building for the university's College of Creative Arts.

The new center, which will be named in the Mashoufs' honor, will contain instructional and performance spaces — including a 1,200-seat auditorium, 450-seat theater, 350-seat recital hall, and 250-seat "black box" theater — enhanced by a multi-story, glass-enclosed lobby. The gift, the largest private gift in SFSU's history, will enable the project to be included on a future statewide ballot initiative that would, if passed, fund a variety of capital construction projects in public education through state-issued bonds.

"Neda and I are excited to be a part of an innovative university that understands the changing needs of its community and the impact that technology has on every aspect of life, such as music, art, and business," said Manny Mashouf, founder and chairman of Bebe Stores. "The balance of career-focused education and 'liberal' education is fundamental to SF State. I strongly believe the cultural fabric of our communities, grounded in technology and education, can be enriched by building new platforms for expression and by stimulating academia with consistent support to our educators and students."

"SFSU Receives Largest Gift Ever: $10 Million." San Francisco State University Press Release 06/01/2005.