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Celebrate the opening of SFU Contemporary Arts’ new home in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in the renovated Woodward’s complex. There are public tours and events Friday, Sept. 24 to Sunday, Sept. 26.

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September 23, 2010

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After 35 years in temporary lodgings atop Burnaby Mountain, SFU Contemporary Arts is finally ensconced in its new home—a world-class university cultural centre to be named the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (see page 3).

Housed in the renovated Woodward’s complex in the Downtown Eastside, it is a one-of-a-kind integrated fine arts building with six public performance and exhibition venues, and studios equipped for dance, film, music, theatre, visual art, and the most up-to-date new media.

The $81.5-million campus comprises 125,000 sq. ft. (11,000 sq. m.) and will serve approximately 400 undergraduate majors and minors and a further 1,800 students who take contemporary arts courses each year. As well, its public venues can simultaneously accommodate 1,500 arts enthusiasts for public arts events.

While SFU Contemporary Arts presents more than 100 different artistic events each year—performances, exhibitions and screenings—the new Centre will also present a lively calendar of professional artistic and community cultural events.

"This is a dream come true after planning over the past two decades," says Owen Underhill, director of SFU Contemporary Arts. He says SFU will also offer cultural and community partnerships, training programs, non-credit courses and targeted jobs for Downtown Eastside residents.

An open house this weekend, Sept. 24–26, features guided tours and a full slate of performances. For more information: www.sfuwoodwards.ca.

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