Former N.B. Premier Frank McKenna was in Sackville, N.B. to announce a sigificant contribution to the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts.
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Former New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna visited Mount Allison on Wednesday to announce a contribution from the TD Bank Group for the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts.
“This investment has special meaning for us at TD. It will support local artists at Mount Allison – and we know just how important their work is in fostering a greater appreciation for history, culture and creativity in the community,” said McKenna. “Additionally, it is one small way we can pay tribute to Purdy Crawford, a selfless leader and great Canadian.”
The announcement was made at the Owens Art Gallery where the Oh, Canada exhibit, sponsored by TD, is on display until Sept. 21.
Generous donors like TD help Mount Allison’s deep commitment to the creative arts, from our long-standing academic and cultural programs to the establishment of this fantastic new facility, said university president and vice-chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell.
The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts is one of the top arts education facilities in the country. The centre will provide specialized facilities for teaching, performance, and creative pursuits in fine arts and drama, drawing on Mount Allison’s long and talented history in these areas.
The 50,000 square foot, $30-million facility, funded primarily by private donations, includes specialized studios and classrooms, as well as a 100-seat teaching theatre, making it a valuable resource for both the University and surrounding community and region.
Named in honour of the late Purdy Crawford — Mount Allison graduate, chancellor emeritus, and prominent Canadian businessman and philanthropist — the centre will help Mount Allison define the Canadian cultural experience for future generations of talented students.
Faculty, students, and staff in fine arts and drama began classes and performances in the new space this week. The official opening of the centre will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.