A new community arts centre at Guilford Young College (GYC) in Glenorchy, has been officially opened and blessed by Archbishop Julian.
Developed to strengthen links with the wider community by providing a much-needed, medium sized venue for school and community groups, the $7m facility boasts state of the art production facilities designed to enhance the college’s well established educational and artistic curriculum.
Work on the multi function centre began in June 2014, following receipt of a Federal Government Regional Development Grant of $3.5m.
The college matched the Federal Government grant amount which saw the development come to fruition. The completed centre consists of a 635 seat auditorium, gallery space, a dance studio, an outdoor amphitheatre, green room, wardrobe, projection theatre and conference facility and is named in honour of St John Bosco, who is hailed as one of the greatest teachers of his time.
“Don Bosco dedicated his life to the education of youth, particularly those who came from underprivileged situations,” Archbishop Julian said.
“His gift was his ability to form engaging and fruitful relationships with his students [and] he is a worthy patron of this creative arts centre.
“In blessing this building I pray that God’s blessing will always abide here and that all that takes place here will be for the glory of God and the nourishing of the human spirit.”
GYC Principal Mrs Bobby Court said the centre would provide a home for enriching the artistic experiences of students and the wider community; stimulating interest in the arts and encouraging innovation and creativity.
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Source: Catholic Standard Hobart