Mount Allison releases designs for arts centre

April 12, 2012

On Wednesday, Mount Allison University revealed designs for its $30-million Centre for the Arts, whose tentative opening date is scheduled for fall 2014. The 50,000-square-foot facility will feature a large atrium with double-height ceilings linking 3 distinct spaces: the School of Fine Arts, a studio hall, and a 100-seat black box theatre. The centre will house Fine Arts and Drama programs, which are currently spread throughout buildings on campus. The university is contributing $10 million toward the cost of the centre and running a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining $20 million from private donors. Mount Allison has been criticized by some students, alumni, and community members for its decision to tear down its historic Memorial Library to make way for the new centre. The institution plans to save elements of the library to be used around the centre. Mount Allison News Release | Centre for the Arts