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School of Applied and Performing Arts Receives Provincial Support
Ontario is helping Fanshawe College expand into downtown London with a new leading-edge learning space for arts and technology students.
The School of Applied and Performing Arts will be a key part of London's new education and arts district, providing space for more students in Fanshawe's theatre, design, digital media, culinary and hospitality programs. The project was developed in partnership with the City of London as part of a plan to revitalize downtown London.
London-Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal, Fanshawe Board Chair Britta Winther, Fanshawe President Howard Rundle, London Mayor Joe Fontana, London West MPP Chris Bentley. More photos»
London-Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal announced Ontario's investment of $6 million in Fanshawe College's arts expansion project on June 24, 2011. "Our government's investment in the Fanshawe campus adds to the province's future prosperity. Every community, every region must have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and well-being of Ontario."
London West MPP and Attorney-General Chris Bentley and London Mayor Joe Fontana also attended the ceremony. Fanshawe's Board of Governors was represented by Chair Britta Winther and First Vice-Chair Crispin Colvin.
Increasing the number of student spaces at colleges and universities is an important element of Putting Students First, the Ontario government's plan to provide quality, affordable postsecondary education and training.
"Provincial government support enables Fanshawe to move more aggressively forward on establishing a downtown School of Applied and Performance Arts, helping our students get the best possible education to succeed. Based on a vision of encouraging creativity and excellence, the School will prepare students for leadership careers in the arts, digital media and hospitality industries. This investment also supports the revitalization of London's core, serving as a major anchor in the downtown and a catalyst for expanded cultural partnerships and activities," says Fanshawe President Dr. Howard Rundle.
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy said, "Ontario is putting students first by creating more opportunities at our colleges and universities so we can build the skilled and knowledgeable workforce needed for the global economy. Our government's investment in theatre arts will help Fanshawe College students succeed, revitalize part of London's downtown and create good jobs today."
The Government of Ontario estimates that the project will create approximately 75 construction-related jobs. Up to 11,900 square metres of existing downtown building space will be renovated to accommodate students as new programs move to the neighbourhood.