On October 3, 2014, Mount Allison will celebrate a milestone moment — the official opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts.

The Centre is one of the top arts education facilities in the country, providing specialized facilities for teaching, performance, and creative pursuits in Fine Arts and Drama, drawing on Mount Allison’s long and talented history in these areas.
Named in honour of the late Purdy Crawford ('52) — Mount Allison graduate, chancellor emeritus, and prominent Canadian businessman and philanthropist — the Centre will help Mount Allison define the Canadian cultural experience for future generations of talented students.

Many public events will be happening on the day of the opening:

All day Mount Allison Fine Arts Alumni Exhibition (live streaming at mtalive.ca beginning at 7 p.m.)
PCCA Atrium
This fine arts exhibition will feature more than 60 pieces of artwork from 64 years of MtA Fine Arts alumni. The exhibition will run until Thursday, October 9. » See the list of participating alumni 
9:30 am-1:00 pm PCCA Tours 
Take a self-guided tour through the Centre, its studios, classrooms, etc.
10:30-11:30 am Book launch  of “Fire in the Belly” — a biography of Purdy Crawford
featuring author Gordon Pitts
  (live streaming at mtalive.ca)
PCCA, 3rd floor
Award-winning author Gordon Pitts will be reading passages of his new book.
2:00-3:00 pm Official Opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts (live streaming at mtalive.ca)
PCCA Atrium
3:00-4:00 pm Curtains: A Celebration of Theatre at Mount Allison
Motyer-Fancy Theatre

Celebrating the new performance space through songs, scenes, and special moments from past drama studies productions, presented by MtA drama students and alumni. » See the list of participants