Ontario Arts Foundation and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Announce the Renewal of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program
Toronto, May 26, 2014 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the renewal of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program. The Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, increase the public’s knowledge of collecting and permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.
Grants are offered through two granting streams:
Funds raised by eligible galleries and museums from private donors are matched for the acquisition of Canadian works of art. Acquisition Grants are designed to leverage funds for acquisitions that will help galleries and museums deepen their permanent collections and lead to increased donations of art by private individuals.
Development Grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public, aid curatorial research, and build stronger relationships with local and regional communities.
“We are honoured to be entrusted with the delivery of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation’s newly reinstated Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program. This Program will strengthen the permanent collections of public art galleries and museums in Ontario and foster pride and commitment through community education and involvement,” said Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation.
Program Guidelines and Application material can be downloaded at www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca.
The deadline to apply for 2014 grants is September 30, 2014.
For more information, please contact:
The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario. Established in 1991 as a public foundation, the OAF administers over 300 funds established by individual donors, private foundations, corporations and arts organizations and pays out over $2.8 million annually in support of the arts.
The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable and evolving North. Over the past quarter century the Gordon Foundation has invested over $27 million in a wide variety of Northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.
About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. For many years, she volunteered regularly with the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), taking great interest in stimulating Gallery membership. Through the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, Elizabeth Gordon encouraged emerging art galleries and museums across Ontario by providing grants to enable them to purchase original works of art. To honour her, the Foundation established the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, providing an enduring memory of Mrs. Gordon’s patronage and appreciation of Canadian art.