Director’s Message


The performing arts play a vital role in our cultural and social lives: they provide insight into the experiences of people like us and not like us, they help us understand the past, and they also express our hopes and visions for the future.

Dalhousie’s Performing Arts Campaign will create new spaces that support the Fountain School of Performing Arts’ (FSPA) mission of training performing artists in first-class facilities and providing an interdisciplinary curriculum. Our goals are in line with the vision of our founders, Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and their daughter Katharine, to foster the talent of young artists and fuel the creative economy and our local community.

The expansion will bring all students under one roof, enabling more cross-disciplinary learning and collaboration among students within the Fountain School. The Costume Studies program will be relocated to the new facility, creating new synergies with students from Music, Theatre, Cinema and Media Studies. With modern areas for teaching, learning and performance, the FSPA can draw more talent to its program and faculty, and challenge our students to do their best work.

The campaign will see the construction of a new world-class 300-seat concert hall that will serve as a valuable cultural resource for our students and the Halifax community. With additional spaces, the Fountain School will provide enhanced learning and educational opportunities for our students and develop partnerships with both national and Atlantic Canadian arts institutions and professional performing arts organizations. These improvements will serve to enrich the vibrant cultural scene in the region, supporting artists and audiences, and adding new talent to the national stage.

Your support will help Dalhousie realize the vision of a modern, world-class performing arts destination for our students and community to enjoy.

Jacqueline Warwick
Director, Fountain School of Performing Arts