The Art Gallery of Hamilton is to receive federal funds to support the creation and renovation of cultural spaces to allow everyone better access to the arts and heritage.
Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour, and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, announced $112,875 in funding for the gallery, Tuesday, making the announcement on behalf of Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The funding flows from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, and will help support a comprehensive feasibility study for a significant renovation of the gallery, exploring improvements to the art gallery’s storage, displays and interpretation of its permanent collection, as well as an expansion of the gallery’s mandate to further educate visitors about the community’s history.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone for the Hamilton region. By investing in the Art Gallery of Hamilton, our government is creating more opportunities to learn about the region’s important heritage and making it easier for Canadians to access unique parts of their history,” said Tassi
The funding was welcomed by the gallery.
“On behalf of the gallery’s board of directors, we are thrilled to see the federal government recognize the cultural and national significance of the AGH collection. This grant will also pave the way for a civic museum that will facilitate the celebration of Hamilton’s history by our citizens, and visitors alike. This is great news for Hamilton,” said Shelley Falconer, President and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton.
- The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation, including creative hubs.
- The fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment as well as feasibility studies for cultural spaces.
- Since its creation in 2001, the fund has supported more than 1,000 projects, including spaces for performing arts, visual arts, media arts, museum collections, heritage displays and creative hubs.
- Budget 2017 included $300 million over 10 years for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help support the development of Canadian talent and promote entrepreneurship in the arts and cultural communities. These investments help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities and celebrate Canada’s rich cultural heritage.
- The Art Gallery of Hamilton collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets works of art for the City of Hamilton and beyond. Founded in 1914, it is the third largest public art museum in Ontario and the oldest and largest gallery in Southwestern Ontario. The gallery’s collection consists of more than 10,000 works, with a focus on Canadian historical, international and contemporary art.