Ateneo to construct creativity hub

Posted at 04/25/14 1:19 PM

An artist's rendition of Ateneo's Arete creativity hub. Image from Ateneo's website

MANILA - The Ateneo de Manila University announced Thursday that it is set to construct a creativity hub for liberal arts and sciences students.

Construction of the Arete, named after the Greek word for excellence, will be completed by 2016, Ateneo said in a statement posted on its website.

The three-level structure will include a 900-seater theater and concert hall, a 250-seater Black Box theater, a "Learning Innovation Wing" that brings together various disciplines, a contemporary classroom called the "Sandboxes" that can serve as a studio, workshop area or a laboratory, and art studios for rehearsals for performing and visual arts.

The Ateneo Art Gallery will also be moved here, the university added.

"[The Arete] is an iconic hub that will bring together the different disciplines and create a space where we hope to cultivate the spirit of creativity and innovation," Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin SJ said.