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Audain donates $2 million to Contemporary Arts building

January 24, 2008

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Michael Audain, philanthropist and chair of Polygon Homes Ltd., has donated $2 million via the Audain Foundation to SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts education and performance centre, which will anchor the Woodward’s redevelopment project when it opens in 2009.

The university will name the building’s main exhibition space the Audain Visual Arts Teaching Gallery and establish the Audain Visiting Chair in Visual Arts to recognize his contribution. The new chair will bring international stars to Vancouver to engage with students, faculty and the community.

 “If we want to continue to attract the best and the brightest young minds to Vancouver we must have a creative culture with opportunities to learn about the latest in visual arts, film, dance , theatre and music,” says Audain.

The B.C. government recently committed close to $50 million to the arts school project and a $30-million fundraising campaign is underway to ensure it is completed successfully. Close to $17 million has been raised to date.

Other major gifts include a more than $10-million land donation from Westbank Projects and a $3-million contribution from fundraising campaign chair and SFU chancellor emeritus, Milton Wong.
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