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May 25, 2018

Manitoba Confirms Additional Support for Inuit Art Centre

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New Provincial Funding for an Iconic Cultural Institution: Pallister

The Manitoba government is significantly increasing its investment in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre, Premier Brian Pallister announced today at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

“The Winnipeg Art Gallery is an iconic cultural institution in Manitoba.  Through exhibits, educational programs and special events it enlightens tens of thousands of visitors each year,” said Pallister.  “It will inspire greater understanding of Northern art and culture while serving as an important resource to our community.”

The new Inuit Art Centre will showcase the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.  Last year, the Manitoba government announced a $10 million contribution to the project over five years.    

Pallister confirmed today that an additional $5 million in provincial funding will be invested in the Inuit Art Centre.  One provincial dollar will be made available for every two private dollars raised to a maximum of $5 million, which increases Manitoba’s total contribution to up to $15 million, he said.

“We are pleased to take part in a special opportunity to raise further support for this very worthwhile project,” said Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox.  “Our partnership based funding model will build on private donations to help the Winnipeg Art Gallery raise additional funds to complete its fundraising initiative.”  

The minister noted an additional $5 million in provincial funding will enable the Winnipeg Art Gallery to redirect its own funds toward the operating costs of the Inuit Art Centre.

“I’d like to thank Premier Pallister and the Manitoba government for the generous contribution,” said Dr. Stephen Borys, director and CEO of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  “This is a great day for our city, province and country, but most importantly for the Inuit as we begin construction on the first Inuit Art Centre of its kind for the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.  With a story found within every piece of art, there are thousands of stories to share here and countless new ones to discover and create.”

The Inuit Art Centre is a $65-million programming hub to celebrate Inuit art and Indigenous cultures through exhibitions, research and education.  The 40,000-sq.-ft., four-level building will also feature an interactive theatre and house studio art and learning programs for students including marginalized youth.   

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