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Space to Create

November 9, 2009

There are few better ways to tell a story than with motion picture. Last month for the kick-off dinner for the campaign to support the new URBN center, the future home of our college's design and entertainment & arts enterprise programs, we put together a short video about our college and how we'll turn Robert Venturi's iconic 3501 Market Street building into a world class facility for our faculty and students. Since Drexel's founding, the arts and design have been a part of the core curriculum. The Space to Create video travels back to the turn of the 20th century to tell story of the Westphal College.

It features notable alumni William Sidney Pitman, a southern architect encouraged to study at Drexel by his mentor Booker T. Washington, and Violet Oakley, a painter whose many murals still grace the walls of the Pennsylvania Capital Building. The video also highlights the accomplishments of some of our notable faculty. Most importantly, the video offers a vision for our new home at 3501 Market St and how architectural firm MS&R will take Venturi's 1970s building and create a modern space for our students to imagine a better tomorrow. Please take a moment and view the video here.