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Riverside Community College District Gets $5M Donation

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(credit: AP/Aaron Favila)

(credit: AP/Aaron Favila)

RIVERSIDE (AP) — The Riverside Community College District will build an arts school named to honor the parents of construction company magnate Henry W. Coil Jr.

Coil is donating $5 million toward the $60 million Henry W. and Alice Edna Coil School for the Arts, one of three major college district projects downtown. It is tentatively scheduled to open by 2014.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says construction costs for the new art school will be paid with public funds. Coil’s gift will be used to fund school programs and endowed professorships.

The district will also build a home for Riverside City College’s culinary arts program next to the art school and renovate an existing building for an art gallery and archive featuring the work of Mine Okubo.

The district is now preparing a major fundraising campaign.

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