Founder's Square invites visitors to take a walk through the College's first six-decades and celebrate its history and alignment with Indigenous culture.
Founder's Square at Lethbridge College is officially open. The 60th anniversary legacy project was unveiled as part of Coulee Fest this past Saturday. President, Dr. Paula Burns says Founder's Square honours the work of the visionaries who, in bringing post-secondary education to southern Alberta, created the country's first publicly funded community college. She says this idea came from multiple people when it came to trying to find a way to celebrate the College's history. Founder's Square is located in the heart of the college, along the corridor that connects the north, Centre Core entrance and south entrance of the new trades and technologies facility. - Tina Giesbrecht
The area features a specially-commissioned painting by Blackfoot artist William Singer III a member of the Blood Tribe/Kainai, as well as Indigenous art and artifacts that celebrate the college’s history and alignment with the Indigenous culture.
In addition, visitors will find:
· comfortable lounge seating
· Indigenous drum seats
· suspended LED pendant lighting fixtures
· charging stations throughout
· live edge benches and spectator seating areas to face the building’s corridor
· a timeline of the college’s history on 20 circular plaques
· a unification of material finishes from the land’s origin to the newest building
· a private meeting/viewing tech space
· visual design metaphors throughout to represent the coulees (see how many you can find)
· rich Indigenous artifacts in custom perimeter millwork
Dr. Paula Burns: