Harper Government Supports Kamloops Art Gallery

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia, September 27, 2011 – The Kamloops Art Gallery will be able to continue giving Canadians access to the visual arts, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will allow the Kamloops Art Gallery to present an exhibition on portrait photographers Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen, on loan from the National Gallery of Canada. In addition, the Gallery will host educational programs to enhance and promote the exhibit and engage Kamloops residents by offering a series of curator’s talks and tours.

An additional investment will support the installation of the Kamloops Art Gallery collections storage system for works on paper. This project will allow the Gallery to improve access and long term care for more than 500 works of art on paper.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important projects like those of the Kamloops Art Gallery,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting the Gallery, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”

“The Kamloops Art Gallery has achieved a national reputation for its public and curatorial programs,” said Mrs. McLeod. “Our Government is proud to support the Gallery and its contributions to the vitality of the city of Kamloops.”

“We are delighted the Government of Canada has made it possible for the Kamloops Art Gallery to bring the important and exceptional exhibition of photographs by Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen from the National Gallery of Canada,” said Jann L.M. Bailey, Executive Director of the Kamloops Art Gallery. “Sharing such significant cultural assets from one region of Canada to another simply would not be possible without this assistance.”

The Kamloops Art Gallery, established in 1978, is the principal gallery for the visual arts in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Gallery is committed to the belief that art is an essential part of the human experience. It encourages participation in the visual arts through public programs, the research and development of exhibitions, and the preservation of regional, national, and international art.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $26,260 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage