CCAN Debuts

Crescent Center for Arts and Neuroscience
Photo by Andrew J. Concatelli

Trinity’s Crescent Center for Arts and Neuroscience (CCAN), a new 11,000-square-foot building on the south end of campus that opened in fall 2017, embodies the liberal arts by bridging the fields of neuroscience and the arts and incorporating gathering spaces to encourage collaboration and creativity across multiple disciplines. CCAN is the new home of the interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, which integrates biology, chemistry, philosophy, engineering, and psychology. Complementing the research and teaching labs of neuroscience, CCAN’s Arts Creativity Corridor features a student art gallery with a high, open ceiling; flexible track lighting; and uninterrupted white walls. Students played a key role in designing the building’s Student Common space by participating in one of three planning committees that worked closely with architects from the Boston firm of Payette to create a comfortable environment that would accommodate socializing and studying with friends.