Joshua Morrison/News The view from every window in the Kenyon College Wright Center offers a spectacular look at the city of Mount Vernon. This scene from the second floor overlooks the Kokosing River to the south and includes the CA&C Depot.

MOUNT VERNON — Thursday evening marked the formal dedication of the Kenyon College Wright Center on South Main Street, which now features a state-of-the-art facility for Kenyon film students, Kenyon’s Office of Community Partnerships and SPI, where Science and Play Intersect. The ceremony also recognized the individuals, workers and organizations which made the renovation and repurposing of the building possible and celebrated a new chapter in the life of the former Buckeye Candy Building.

Speakers at the dedication and recognition ceremony included Kenyon College President Sean Decatur, drama professor and film department director Jon Tazewell, associate professor of film Jonathan Sherman, SPI executive director Rachel Garcia, Kenyon College Board of Trustees member James Finn, Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis, and donors Mark Ramser and Karen Buchwald Wright.

Decatur told the News the Wright Center, in a word, is “amazing.” He said the Kenyon Board of Trustees was receptive to the idea of a Kenyon presence in downtown Mount Vernon and fully supports a strong partnership between Kenyon College and local businesses and organizations. He praised the community effort, which included local business, individuals and organizations, that made the “remarkable space” possible.


Pam Schehl: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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