Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
May 22, 2009
The City of St. Catharines and Brock University applaud today's joint federal and provincial government announcement of $36-million to construct a new Niagara Centre for the Arts and recital hall in downtown St. Catharines. MP Rick Dykstra and MPP Jim Bradley made the announcement.
The facilities will have a significant positive economic impact for the Niagara region, helping to create jobs, attract skilled workers and generate more visitors to the region.
The city-owned Niagara Centre for the Arts will be adjacent to the Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, which Brock University plans to relocate to the downtown from the University's main campus.
"This project will be the cornerstone of Council's vision for a revitalized downtown," said St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan. "With the proposed Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts bringing students downtown by day, and the arts centre attracting audiences from across and outside the region, it will encourage the type of cultural district growth that will be a catalyst for positive downtown and regional development."
Brock University President Jack Lightstone also hailed the announcement.
"This is a day we have all been looking forward to for a long time," he said, "not just because this cultural landmark will complement our Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, but because it illustrates how a whole community can benefit when people work together."
Today's announcement results from the work of numerous partners who recognized this project as a great step in a comprehensive plan for the creation of a significant 'arts hub' for Niagara to revitalize downtown St. Catharines.
These include the efforts of our federal and provincial government representatives -- MP Dykstra and MPP Bradley -- as well as an ongoing collaborative effort between the City and the University.