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Named in honour of renowned Canadian fibre artist Marilyn I. Walker and her historic $15-million gift to the project, Brock University’s Marilyn I.Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is one part of a unique joint venture with the City of St. Catharines to put a stunning, multi-use arts complex in the heart of the city that will link students’ creativity with the community’s needs.
To be designed by internationally renowned firm Diamond +Schmitt Architects, the Walker School will be a centre of academic, creative and collaborative excellence that will culturally and economically help to transform St. Catharines, Niagara and beyond.
Not only will it open the doors to our students’ talent, it will also provide urgently needed facilities for the community to express its own creativity and share cultural traditions.
Revitalizing downtown St. Catharines
New performance and staging facilities and renovated heritage buildings will help preserve and revitalize the downtown core. Unused commercial space will be used for a variety of retail and support enterprises, attracting audiences, artists, community groups, consumers and new business.
Stimulating the region’s economy
Building on the growth of the cultural sector, this downtown revitalization will support efforts to attract new business and investments that will diversify the local economy and build future prosperity. The combined project is anticipated to have an ongoing economic impact of an estimated $17.3 million per year.
Creating new opportunities in the cultural sector
The Walker School’s location will help to create a hub of local arts and cultural groups, industry-supporting organizations and other creative businesses that will help develop Niagara’s growing culture sector by encouraging student and community collaboration.
Training the next generation of creative talent
The Walker School will help recruit and retain students and faculty of the highest calibre. It will forge the next generation of artists and equip graduates with the skills necessary to seize the rising opportunities in the digital media, creative and artistic industries.
Visit the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts website for more information.