Calgary Arts Academy Opens New Education Centre at Calgary Stampede – October 23, 2017
Calgary – Calgary Arts Academy celebrated the grand opening of its new Education Centre today. Located at the Calgary Stampede in the historic Weston Bakery building, the innovative learning campus is the new home for 300 Year 4 to 9 students.
The new facility was made possible through a unique partnership between Calgary Arts Academy, Government of Alberta, the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Stampede Foundation. The partners collaborated to transform the historic Weston Bakery into a unique, modern learning space which provides synergies in education and the arts that benefits Calgary Arts Academy, the broader education and arts community plus the Calgary Stampede Foundation’s youth programs like the Calgary Stampede Showband and The Young Canadians.
“The Alberta Government’s modernization of the Weston Bakery building combines historic bricks and mortar with modern glass and steel to create a magnificent, purpose-built Arts Immersion Education Centre,” says Dale Erickson, Calgary Arts Academy Superintendent. “In addition to having a new learning space, our students also benefit from having access to existing theatre and performance spaces on Stampede Park.
In his address to guests, Hon David Eggen pledged his support of Calgary Arts Academy, and charged them with sharing best practices with other Alberta school jurisdictions.
“The opening of this facility adds to our vision of creating a world-class, vibrant Youth Campus which celebrates western heritage, culture, public education and the arts,” says Warren Connell, chief executive officer, Calgary Stampede. “The collaboration and partnerships that led to this opening make a difference to our youth of today, create synergies between our organizations and advance our quality of education into the future.”