Veterans Affairs supports Art in Architecture program



    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Architectural Institute of
Canada is pleased with the recognition and support it has received through the
Veterans Affairs' Community Engagement Partnership Fund for the College of
Fellows' Art in Architecture bilingual educational program.
    The contribution of up to $5,000 announced by the Honourable
Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Oct. 18, 2007, will be used to
distribute the program kits.
    The Art in Architecture program includes an educational DVD entitled "In
Search of a Soul," which describes the background and process of designing the
Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The kit also includes a learning guide.
    "The funding will enable us to have the Art in Architecture program kit
distributed to schools across Canada," said George E. Bemi, FRAIC, Chair,
Regional Advisory Committee of Ontario North, East and Nunavut for the RAIC
College of Fellows. "We are really pleased with this support enabling us to
offer an unparalleled learning experience which, we expect, will elicit an
emotive response as it relates to students lives and possible career
aspirations."
    The DVD, available in both official languages, highlights the
Canadian War Museum to describe its design process from concept to completion.
The cross-curricular educational kit develops a profound appreciation for
subjects such as History, English, Visual Arts and Environmental Studies
though the architectural process by studying the design of a world-class
building that stands as a reflection of war and peace in Canada.
    The RAIC College of Fellows has a mission to support and strengthen the
development and enhancement of excellence in the profession of architecture.
Art in Architecture has been developed as part of this goal by the
Eastern Ontario Chapter of the College to provide a rich learning experience
for Canadian students.

    The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is a voluntary national
association established in 1907 as the voice for architecture and its practice
in Canada. Representing almost 3,700 architects, the RAIC provides the
national framework for the development and recognition of architectural
excellence.




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For further information: Sylvie Powell, MédiaLane Communications Inc.,
(613) 290-1497, spowell@medialanecom.com; Veterans Affairs Canada news
release:
www.vac-acc.gc.ca/general/sub.cfm?source=department/press/viewrelease&id=485

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