Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo)

City Hall is accepting applications from community members and professional experts to fill positions on the Civic Working Group and its Technical Advisory Subcommittee.

The group, which will work in an advisory capacity to the City Council regarding the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, has eight open seats for two-year terms that will commence November 2015.

The group is City Hall’s latest attempt to find a solution for the aging Civic, which closed late June after officials estimated that upgrades to the facility would cost more than $50 million.

The auditorium was a major show place when it opened in 1958. It hosted the Academy Awards from 1961 through 1968 and was a regional concert and show venue for decades.

Duties of committee members would include drafting a vision for the Civic to become a hub of cultural activity, exploring compatible uses for adjacent spaces and evaluating potential financing options, programming and operating models.

For more information, call (310) 458-9211. The deadline for applications is Monday, Sept. 16.

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