Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cultural Spaces for Kids

Wednesday, November 9, was an exciting day for Artists for Kids.

James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and MP Andrew Saxton came to our gallery to announce a $350,000 Cultural Spaces grant for the new Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. When it opens next fall, it will be the first dedicated public art gallery for young people in Canada, and the new home of Artists for Kids.

The funding will enable our new gallery at 2121 Lonsdale in North Vancouver to be built within conservation standards required of modern art galleries and museums. Our acclaimed Artists for Kids (AfK) collection of Canadian Art will finally have a much-needed proper exhibition and storage environment.

This new gallery will mean more public access to our wonderful collection of Canadian art, as well as larger and better studio spaces, allowing us to offer more classes and more opportunities to meet artists.

Mauro Vescera, President of The Smith Foundation, thanked the Minister and those attending the announcement, and invited everyone to visit the space when it opens next Fall.

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