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September 23, 2010

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"The Goldcorp Centre for the Arts is the latest addition to the downtown campus and the new home for SFU Contemporary Arts. It will be a centre for creative discovery, dialogue, and collaboration in a broad range of artistic disciplines," says SFU President Andrew Petter. "It will also serve to strengthen SFU’s connections with the wider community while helping revitalize the Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods."

Goldcorp has donated $10 million to SFU, with $5 million earmarked for the SFU Contemporary Arts capital campaign and $5 million placed in a Goldcorp Centre for the Arts Community Endowment that will generate annual income to support programs aimed at community engagement in the Downtown Eastside.

The centre features a flexible theatre and two studio theatres

The largest performance space at the centre is the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, named to acknowledge a $3-million donation from SFU Chancellor Emeritus Milton Wong and his wife, Fei.

SFU associate professor Penelope Stella says she "has never seen any facilities anywhere in the world like these."

Performances this fall include:
  • Iphegenia Oct. 27–Nov.26
  • The Directing Projects a series of student-directed one-act plays Thursday and Friday evenings Oct. 28–Nov.6.
Community support for the music program includes a $2-million donation from Djavad Mowafaghian to name the acoustically sophisticated World Art Centre, which will provide a dramatic setting for the performance and study of world music. It will also house SFU’s extensive collection of Indonesian Gamelan instruments and African drums. The school’s music studios and seminar rooms have been named to recognize donations from Edwina and Paul Heller, the Heathcliff Foundation, Elsie Jang, Evelyn and Edgar Harden and Inna and Michael O’Brian.

From Sept. 7 to Sept. 25, art aficionados are invited to Work With in the Audain Gallery, the school’s largest exhibition space. The display features the work of five faculty members who share the conviction that their work as artists is fundamental to their teaching.

Says associate professor Judy Radul: "We are not art teachers, we are artists who teach. We may be struggling with ideas. We may be working with new things. This connects us to our students and creates a great learning environment."

The Audain Gallery bears visual arts philanthropist Michael Audain’s name in recognition of his $2-million donation. The Rix Family Multimedia Commons, named to acknowledge a $1-million gift from the late Don Rix, is the hub for student exploration in the multimedia arts. Other supporters of the visual and multimedia arts at SFU include Peter Bentley and family, the Chapman family, Maureen and Milan Ilich and the Illahie Foundation.

On Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25, film lovers can enjoy SFU students’ short dramas, documentaries and experimental works, many of them already showcased in film festivals across North America.

"Each year, as part of their education, students complete over 100 film productions," says professor Colin Browne. "You will see them on the streets with cameras and lights on a regular basis. I hope this will increase their visibility and spark curiosity, so that people engage with them in an artistic dialogue—not just on the street but in our cinema as well."

The school’s 350-seat Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, named to recognize a further $2-million gift from the philanthropist, is equipped with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems. The building also has two smaller screening rooms, one of which was named to acknowledge a donation from NBC-Universal Canada.

The impressive fourth-floor dance studio at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts has been named the Anndraya T. Luui Dance Studio in recognition of the arts patron’s $750,000 donation to SFU.


Friday, Sept. 24
4–9 pm
SFU welcomes the general public to participate in scheduled tours or explore the building on their own. Organizers have planned a series of short, live vignettes and demonstrations from SFU faculty, graduates and the community. Each venue will feature dynamic presentations from all contemporary arts disciplines.

5 pm, courtyard
Free concert from The Dudes, presented by Shore 104 and "60 West Cordova".

7:45–8:45 pm, Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
A main-stage showcase presentation of select pieces from all contemporary arts disciplines.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25–26
Highlights include:
  • The exhibit Work With in the Audain Gallery
  • Visual Art Faculty Exhibition
  • An exciting program of dance, including Judith Garay’s professional company, Dancers Dancing
  • Students’ short dramas, documentaries and experimental works
  • Radix Theatre group performing Fever
  • A solo work from James Long of Theatre Replacement
  • A variety of music performances, including SFU’s Community Gamelan

Professor Colin Browne in the 350-seat Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema


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