The Lake of the Woods Museum has announced the public phase of “The Big Picture Campaign” to raise funds for a new art centre in Kenora.
The campaign has already raised a significant amount of its total goal of $2.5 million for the centre, and Lisa Moncrief, co-chair of the campaign is thrilled.
“We're at $1.5 million, which is 60 per cent of our total fundraising commitment. It's happening very quickly. We're very excited for it. This is going to raise the profile of culture, economic pillar, as a tourism attraction. There is a lot going on in Kenora and I think this will be an identifiable space to celebrate culture,” she adds.
Lori Nelson is the Director of the Lake of the Woods Museum, and she explains the importance of the campaign.
“Kenora has never had an art centre, and this is the first public art gallery in Kenora and the only one that is located between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg,” she says.
The design for the art centre will incorporate the re-purposing of the heritage-designated Museum Annex for studio, programming and administrative space. A 5,100 square foot, three-level addition will house two galleries, public space and storage in a climate controlled environment.
“We are limited in space, and when the opportunity came to us to explore a full dedicated art space, it opened all sorts of ideas and opportunities for us,” Nelson adds.
There will be an information session to learn more about the project and its campaign at 7 p.m.on October 4 at the Lake of the Woods Museum.
Construction for the art centre will start in the spring of 2018, and is anticipated to be running by summer 2019.
For more information:
Art gallery preview at Lake of the Woods Museum