Approximately 250 Georgian College students are now studying in a vibrant new centre in Barrie’s downtown core.
Students, staff, government representatives and community supporters celebrated the opening of the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre today.
“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, and is a fitting tribute to their legacy.”
The 17,000-square-foot building at 5 Ross Street will be home to students in all years of Georgian’s Digital Video, Graphic Design, Graphic Design Production, and Photography programs.
Following extensive renovations over the summer months, the building was transformed to include high ceilings, multi-purpose open space with lots of light, as well as classrooms, work areas, offices and storage.
“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.”