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The Tett Centre's Grand Opening

Remarks made by Daniel R. Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Where: The Tett Centre, Kingston, Ontario
When: January 30, 2015

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What a pleasure it is to be here today for the formal opening of the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning.

And what a remarkable building this is – a hub for the arts and an incubator for creativity, right on the Kingston waterfront!

For Queen’s, today’s opening is particularly special.

Since the beginning, we have been supporters of this project, as well as collaborators.

Back in 2007, the City of Kingston actually sold the university a few of the buildings that were formerly on this site.

We incorporated them into the design of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, which broke ground in 2009.

It opened right next door last fall.

Like the Tett, the Isabel is a hub for the university’s creative arts disciplines.

It is home to the Department of Film and Media, and also provides learning and working space for music, drama, and visual arts.

It houses a film screening room, a black box theatre, a rehearsal room and a remarkable concert hall that has concertgoers in much bigger cities feeling just a little jealous…

But the building was never intended to stand alone.

The Isabel and the Tett were always intended to stand in conversation and work together in collaboration.  

Sadly, the Isabel’s inaugural director, Jerry Doiron, died in the fall, but I know he would have been thrilled to be here today.

I know he was very excited about the idea of an arts cluster of this kind in Kingston.

The Isabel’s new director, Tricia Baldwin, stepped into her position last month.  

Tricia not only supports the notion of collaboration – she wants it to start right away.

Tomorrow, when the crowds arrive here at the Tett for ‘The Whole Shebang’, she is inviting the overflow audience over to the Isabel for a cup of hot chocolate in the lobby.

I know the people who use the Tett and the Isabel will find many ways to work together as they make themselves at home in their new buildings.

I look forward to seeing what they come up with.

Before I wrap up, I want to acknowledge John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities) at Queen’s, for his contributions to this project on the university’s behalf…along with the many other Queen’s staff members who were part of the process (some of whom are in the crowd today).

Most importantly, on the opening day of this remarkable building, I want to congratulate the City of Kingston, the Tett Centre’s many tenants and the members of our community who I know will benefit immensely from having access to this building and the imaginative programming I’m certain is to come.

Thank you.