A place to create, relax and think: Sainte-Anne inaugurates the Maison des arts exterior courtyard
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Lachine, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 – Vibrant blue stainless-steel ping-pong tables, lounging chairs, a huge, 12-metre long picnic table; these are just some of the new pieces of furniture that can now be found at the corner of 11e Avenue and Saint-Joseph Boulevard, in Lachine.
It is thanks to the initiative of the parents of Collège Sainte-Anne students that the empty lot adjacent to Sainte-Anne’s Maison des arts underwent a complete overhaul. This exterior art space designed by Taktik Design also features a brick wall that will be used for graffiti (please use water-soluble paint!), a concrete boardwalk and new architectural lighting.
Use your imagination
“Our goal is to inspire young people to see that anything is possible with a bit of creativity. For the picnic table legs, we used scraps from a New York skyscraper. To prevent heat islands, we used recycled crushed brick,” explained Nicola Tardif-Bourdages, Creative Director at Taktik Design.
A greening plan was also established. All healthy trees were preserved or replanted and 50 new plants were added. Each year, Collège Sainte-Anne will also continue to plant a tree to mark the graduation of its secondary five class.
Art and play
“With the inauguration of this new space, we are continuing to implement our vision of creating a pleasant and inviting living environment that will inspire creation and instill fun in the daily lives of our students. I would like to thank the Collège Sainte-Anne parents association, who made this initiative possible,” added Ugo Cavenaghi, President and CEO of Collège Sainte-Anne.
Acquired in 2013 and renovated in 2014, the Maison des arts also steps out of the box with its interior space in which pine tree trunks are found alongside the latest equipment for digital art creation. The light fixtures were made using materials found on site, at the time when this historical building was the residence of the Sisters of Sainte-Anne. The first floor is dedicated to visual arts, and there is a gallery space where artists’ creations are displayed.
Founded in 1861 by the Sisters of Sainte-Anne and proud of its roots, Collège Sainte-Anne is recognized for its boldness and innovation. Among the first schools in Québec to adopt the technological shift and introduce the e-classroom in high school, the institution offers exclusive programs so that each student can pursue his or her passion. In terms of the environment, Sainte-Anne operates the first high school in Canada with ISO 14001 certification. Known for its international component, the institution has also been building ties with 23 partner schools on the five continents since 2007. Sainte-Anne now includes three levels of instruction: kindergarten-primary (Sainte-Anne Academy), high school (Collège Sainte-Anne) and cegep (Collégial international Sainte-Anne).
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