• The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. Photo: Daniel St. Louis
  • Students in one of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts studio spaces. Photo: Daniel St. Louis
  • A classroom in the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. Photo: Daniel St. Louis
  • Opening of the Alumni Art Exhibition in the Motyer-Fancy Theatre on October 2, 2014, as part of the grand opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. Photo: Daniel St. Louis
  • A dramatic production in the Motyer-Fancy Theatre. Photo: Daniel St. Louis


A $30-million, 50,000 square-foot facility

100 seats in the Centre’s Motyer-Fancy Theatre

53 Rhodes Scholars have graduated from Mount Allison

7 professors have been named 3M Teaching Fellows

Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts


A fitting tribute to a giant in Canadian business and society

Purdy Crawford was one of the leading legal and financial minds of his generation. He began his post-secondary studies at Mount Allison University, a small but dynamic liberal arts institution located in Sackville, New Brunswick, and he remained a proud alumnus throughout his lifetime. He had an illustrious career in law and commerce and gave generously of his time to a variety of social causes. He was a mentor to generations of business leaders and was particularly known for opening the doors of business to women. He died in August of 2014, a mere few months before the opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts at Mount Allison, a tribute to his memory that will stand for future generations.

A new home for the arts at Mount Allison

The Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts represents a capital investment of $30 million and was opened in the Fall of 2014. Its 50,000 square feet of space is used for performances, teaching and other creative pursuits. The building’s design is based on the recommendations of a team of University members who worked with the architect to develop a “program-study”, detailing the needs of the departments housed there. The result is a unique design featuring a set of three interconnected buildings that meet a range of academic needs, including specialized studios and classrooms, a 100-seat theatre, and office and seminar space.

Mount Allison was founded in 1839 and today has roughly 2,400 students on its 76-acre campus. Small in size, Mount Allison’s academic record is anything but modest. Over the years, it has produced no less than 53 Rhodes Scholars, 12 in the past 14 years alone. In its annual ranking of Canadian universities, Maclean’s Magazine has named Mount Allison the top undergraduate school in the country in 18 of the past 24 years. In addition to Mr. Crawford, it has produced some of the leading business, academic and journalistic achievers in Canada.

“2014 marked the opening of the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts. The construction of the Centre was primarily financed from private funds, which is a testament to the vision and loyalty of our alumni and friends of Mount Allison such as Power Corporation of Canada” said Dr. Robert Campbell, President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Allison University.

“Purdy Crawford was an extraordinary Canadian who gave so much to the communities he served,” said Edward Johnson, Vice-President, Power Corporation International. “The new facility named in his honour at Mount Allison University, his alma mater, is a fitting tribute to an individual who greatly valued the arts and the role of academia in society.”

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