Marilyn I. Walker donates $15 million to Brock University



    
    University's School of Fine and Performing Arts to be named after
    celebrated artist and philanthropist
    

    TORONTO, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - Renowned Canadian fibre artist Marilyn Walker has
donated $15 million to Brock University's School of Fine and Performing Arts-
the largest donation the University has ever received. The gift is
particularly remarkable as it is made in a climate marked by economic
uncertainty and waning support for the arts.
    Marilyn Walker is an award-winning fibre artist, author, teacher and
philanthropist; she is also an active supporter of the arts and arts education
across Canada, and at Brock University in particular. In tribute to the
artist, Brock will re-name its Arts School THE MARILYN I. WALKER SCHOOL OF
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS.
    The entire $15 million will be endowed in perpetuity in support building
the school's programs, enhancing its facilities and positioning it to be one
of the best in North America, if not the world. The school is committed to
top-quality learning and research - and toward the creation of a world-class
arts facility.
    "Marilyn Walker has been instrumental in the cultural revitalization of
the Niagara region," said Jack N. Lightstone, President, Brock University.
"Her commitment to improve the quality of life at the school, in the community
and across the region is inspiring. THE MARILYN I. WALKER SCHOOL FOR FINE AND
PERFORMING ARTS will attract the very best to Brock, create positive economic
impact for St. Catharines and Niagara and serve as a tribute to a great
Canadian artist and arts advocate. We are deeply appreciative of her support
and thoughtful consideration."
    Rosemary Hale, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, explained "With this
transformational donation, Brock will strengthen its commitment to artistic
education and research and engage the community at large by transforming its
School of Fine and Performing Arts into a world-class arts centre. Students in
theatre, music, movement, fine art, and multimedia across Canada will have a
home here that ranks among the best in the world. This gift will allow the
School of Fine and Performing Arts, in the Faculty of Humanities, to build
intellectual capacity in a permanent home."
    Marilyn Walker is among Canada's most generous philanthropists. She has
dedicated time and resources toward improving the quality of life for the
residents of Niagara, most notably in the areas of education, art and health.
Marilyn Walker is a recognized authority on Canadian quilts and has lectured
widely on the artistic, historic and cultural significance of quilts across
Canada and the United States.
    Marilyn herself states, "In quilting and in life, people should be
allowed freedom of speech and freedom of art."
    Marilyn Walker's generous gift, made at time when overall economic health
and support for the arts is weakening, demonstrates her life-long commitment
to art, education and community, and will encourage both students and faculty
to push the boundaries of academic convention at Brock University.





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