"The calling of our Centre des arts,
written into its DNA from the very start,
is to face the outside world and welcome all without exception.
So it is with joy and pride that we present this year’s programme
to our students, to the public, and to actors in the cultural scene of Geneva."
David Hawley, Director-General of the International School of Geneva
The originality of the Centre des arts is its dual vocation, scholastic and public.
Of ultra-modern concept and harmoniously integrated into an environment worthy of preservation, the urban woodland of La Grande Boissière, the building designed by the architects Willmote & Associés is destined to serve the school’s students, cultural institutions and the public at large. Its generous proportions house an auditorium with a seating capacity of 400, a theatre seating 180, a theatre studio, a dance studio, a recording studio and numerous classrooms together with exhibition space.
The Centre des arts offers, in particular, staged productions, workshops and conferences and welcomes resident professional artists. Through its programming and the development of partnerships with local and international artistic communities the Centre des arts will greatly enrich the teaching programmes of Ecolint. It provides Geneva with a genuine cultural platform for transmission of the arts and for cross-discipline partnerships and is accessible to a wide range of public. New technologies will be the main thread of its programming.
Within the context of the school and the Geneva community the Centre des arts will contribute through:
- stimulating the teaching of the arts (music, theatre and visual arts) in the secondary school,
- enhancing cross-curricular cooperation with other teaching areas on the one hand and collaboration with cultural experts and institutions on the other,
- expanding the offer of extra-curricular activities in the field of arts through courses, lunches, workshops, master-classes, scholarships etc.
- offering Geneva a venue for transmission of the arts and encouraging the use of new technologies.
The key words are otherness, cross-curricular opportunities and creativity.