Hundreds of students attended the September opening of the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre. The new building provides a central spot for students to study in Barrie’s downtown core.
Equipped with high ceiling, a well-lit multipurpose area and classrooms, work areas, offices and storage, students are set to enjoy an elevated study experience.
“The centre brings Georgian students and faculty into downtown Barrie for the first time, providing opportunities for work-integrated learning, and exciting collaboration with experts in Barrie’s creative community,” said Georgian College president and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes.
“It’s named for Arch and Helen Brown, lifelong Georgian supporters who were avid patrons of our art and design programs,”
The 17,000-square-foot building at 5 Ross Street will house students enrolled in the College’s Digital Photography and Imaging, Digital Video, Graphic Design and Graphic Design Production programs.
“Our students will greatly benefit from this new location, and Georgian is grateful to the City of Barrie for supporting this venture,” said West-Moynes. “We are proud to be involved with our communities’ strategy to invigorate part of Barrie’s downtown core. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary and look to the future, we know many new partnerships will be created and successful careers launched from here in the years to come.”
Special guests including Warden Gerry Marshall and Mayor Jeff Lehman joined Georgian staff and students to officially open the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre in downtown Barrie.
Photo: Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman and school representatives at the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 6