In April 2010, something really exciting happened at Brock. The government of Ontario gave us $26.2 million to help develop a new, state-of-the-art facility for Arts students at Brock that was to be built in the historical Hair Cloth building of downtown St. Catharines!
The money came after a donation of $15 million was given single-handedly by Marilyn I. Walker, a fibre artist and philanthropist, in hopes of developing a new school for student artists. Wow – what a generous donation! The total project is projected to cost $101 million and be completed in 2013.
What does this mean for you? Well all you future artists, directors, actors, musicians, cultural theorists and skilled teachers – this school is being built for you guys – and since it’s supposed to be done in 2013, you’ll definitely be around to reap the benefits!
As a current Drama student myself, I’ve experienced first hand how badly Brock’s artists need a new space. We have amazing, renowned professors who put their all into their classes and their students. We have small class sizes from year one, allowing us to get to know each other and our teachers intimately, and build the trust that’s necessary in any artistic team. We have motivating, inspiring courses that help us move our bodies and our brains. What we don’t have currently is a big enough, grande enough space for us to showcase our incredible talent. I can’t speak for other Arts classes, but as far as Drama goes, the department is located in the basement of the school with several studios – but none of them are quite big enough. Also, in being located in the basement, sometimes it feels as though we’re not quite as special as those Business students who get their own hallway of the school. But that’s all changing!!! With our own, huge, multi-million dollar building being built right in the center of downtown St. Catharines, in an acclaimed, historical building, it seems as though Brock and the general community are screaming, “We love the arts!!!” – and it feels good.
If you’re interested in seeing a video about the new school, simply click below!
So congrats Brock Arts students of 2012-2016, you’ve hit the jackpot!!!