A recent announcement by Premier Alison Redford regarding eleven new schools projects Calgary represents another key building block to the development of Stampede Park Youth Campus.
On February 10, the Calgary Stampede participated in a news conference where Premier Redford announced the construction of 10 news schools and a modernization project which will transform the historic Weston Bakery on Stampede Park into a modern learning facility to house Calgary Arts Academy. The eleven projects are part of a $2.4 billion investment in education infrastructure by the Government of Alberta.
“Last spring, I committed to building 50 schools and modernizing 70 others and that is exactly what we are doing,” Premier Redford said during the news conference. “I’m thrilled to announce the 70th school modernization in Calgary today and so excited that families are also going to benefit from 10 new schools in this city.”
(Above from L to R) Calgary Stampede president Bob Thompson, MLA Yvonne Fritz, Premier Alison Redford, Calgary Arts Academy students Bowen Kaufman and Lauren Yardley, and Stampede CEO Vern Kimball at the announcement of new schools and modernization of the Stampede’s historic Weston Bakery to house The Calgary Arts Academy.
The Weston Bakery building will be repurposed through the collaboration between the Government of Alberta, Calgary Arts Academy and the Calgary Stampede to transform the space into a unique education space as a part of Youth Campus.
This modernization project, along with Youth Campus, provides the opportunity for synergies in education and the arts not only between the Stampede’s youth programs, including the Calgary Stampede Showband and The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts, and Calgary Arts Academy, but also the broader community for the benefit of all youth.
Calgary Arts Academy students will benefit from access to new learning space to be developed within Youth Campus and from existing theatre and performance spaces on the park. The school will be alive from morning to night with youth who are gathering during the day in pursuit of academic excellence through the arts and coming together after school to develop their creative talents. By sharing resources and spaces, Youth Campus will be a magnet for the city’s inspired and talented youth.
“Students deserve schools tailored to meet their educational programming needs, and they deserve to attend classes in their communities, near their homes,” said Ric McIver, Minister of Infrastructure, who also attended the announcement. “That’s why we are building and modernizing schools across Alberta so students have access to the bright, open, state-of-the-art facilities they need to do their best work and fulfill their potential.”
“The Calgary Stampede and Calgary Arts Academy began collaborating a few years ago with the vision to create a unique education space where youth could pursue excellence through and in the performing arts,” says Bob Thompson, president
and chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede. “We look forward to working
with the Government of Alberta and Calgary Arts Academy to make Youth Campus home for the school.”