Academic and Cultural Arts Centre


On a 4.5-acre hillside site that runs from busy St. Paul Street down into an urban valley, the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre for Downtown St. Catharines is a unique development that is part campus, part municipal arts complex, and all ambitious.

The result of a historic collaboration between the City of St. Catharines and Brock University, the complex will transform the city’s downtown into a vibrant entertainment hub as well as a national centre of excellence for education in arts and culture.

The ACAC plan consists of two main components — the City’s public Performing Arts Centre, and a new home for the University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects, who have designed concert halls and arts complexes across Canada and around the world,  have been selected to design both of these side-by-side projects.

Site preparation will continue through 2012,  with construction and renovation work expected to start in 2013. The complex is scheduled for completion in 2015.

View the Master Development Plan for the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre.

Front banner photo credits:
Niagara Dance Company presents Etain; Andrea Martin, Brock Centre for the Arts, Oct. 13, 2011, Niagara Symphony maestro Bradley Thachuk (photo: Terry Babij)