The Madison Project, an arts education and community outreach organization based at Santa Monica College, is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the college’s new visual and performing arts facility at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 19th, at Santa Monica Boulevard and 11th Street, Santa Monica.

With performances, speeches and celebrity appearances, the ceremony celebrates the start of construction on the state-of-the-art facility, which will include a 540-seat performing arts hall, an art gallery and rehearsal space.

Designed by Santa Monica-based architect Renzo Zecchetto, the facility is expected to cost $32 million and be completed in 2007.

Actor Dustin Hoffman, a Santa Monica College alumnus, chaired the campaign to raise private funds for the facility, which will present student and professional performances and film screenings.