Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
For Brock University, moving its Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts to a new home in Downtown St. Catharines is a win-win-win: It enriches the student experience, frees up much-needed academic space on Brock’s main campus, and importantly, will help spark economic and cultural renaissance across the Niagara community.
The University — a strong advocate of partnerships that benefit the broader community — can pursue this effort in large part because of $26.2 million provided by the provincial government’s Open Ontario program to create new jobs and growth.
The Walker School’s new home will emerge from massive renovations that turn a vacant old textile factory into Canada’s newest hotbed of skills and creativity for the arts and culture industry.
The Walker School will also integrate with and help sustain the new St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre, which will be located on adjacent lands. (Together the two components comprise the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre.)
And with the daily presence of more than 500 students and staff in the Niagara Region’s largest urban core, the Walker School’s economic impact will spill into surrounding streets and inevitably help rejuvenate the area’s commercial, professional and property sectors.
The new Walker School is scheduled for completion in time for the academic term in September 2015.