Staff And Students Overwhelmed With New Armouries

The University of Windsor's School of Creative Arts is now open.

The former Armouries building in downtown Windsor, officially opened for classes on Thursday.

The open concept building is home to multiple learning spaces for visual arts, architectural design, film and music.

Professor of Visual Arts Lisa Baggio, says she is overwhelmed.

"It's extraordinary. It's so beautifully, visually, just engaging. I'm overwhelmed, I almost can't focus. I'm very, very excited," says Baggio

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Professor of Visual Arts, Lisa Baggio instructing her class, January 4, 2018. (Photo by AM800's Kristylee Varley)

Director of the School of Creative Arts Dr. Vincent Georgie, says students seemed inspired and motivated when showing up for classes.

"This is an ambitious, historic project that's come to fruition so it's a real sense of pride for everybody. All the faculty and staff are very, very proud of this but especially to see our students benefiting from this, I think that's the most rewarding thing," says Georgie.

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Director of the School of Creative Arts, Dr. Vincent Georgie (Photo by AM800's Kristylee Varley)

Approximately 400 students are enrolled in programs that will bring them downtown everyday.  It's been three and a half years since the university approved the $32.6-million redevelopment of the downtown armouries building and the former Tunnel Bar-B-Q property.