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Cornish College of the Arts Announces New Student Housing Facility

May 20, 2009

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish College of the Arts is pleased to announce the addition of student housing to its downtown campus. Cornish recently entered into a lease agreement with Clise Properties Inc. to convert two hotel buildings located at 2205 Seventh Ave and 2213 Eighth Avenue to residence halls for Cornish students.

Cornish has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of the Denny Triangle neighborhood, interweaving the arts into the lives of everyone in the community. The addition of student housing will infuse the neighborhood with close to 300 students, who by living and working in the area, will add to the vitality of downtown Seattle.

“Student housing has been a major component of the College’s plan for campus renewal and expansion,” said Cornish College President Sergei Tschernisch. “We want our students to thrive intellectually and creatively and are committed to providing the best living and learning environments possible as they grow and develop as artists, citizens and innovators.”

The two buildings, only a five-minute walk from Cornish’s Main Campus Center at 1000 Lenora Street, will provide housing for 284 students in large, double occupancy rooms that each contain private bathrooms. Additional features include student common areas, 24-hour security, coin-operated laundry facilities and a limited number of parking spaces. Both facilities will be managed by full-time resident directors who will be assisted by six student resident assistants in each building. Priority for the residence hall will be given to the incoming Fall 2009 class at Cornish.

“I am very excited about our new Housing and Residential Life program and the positive role it will play in the Cornish College community,” said Dean of Student Affairs Jerry Hekkel. “This living/learning community will greatly enhance the experience of each incoming Cornish student.”

About Cornish College of the Arts

Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.