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Trillium grant helps preserve work housed at Art Gallery of Algoma

The funding was used to repair the gallery's HVAC system and leaking roof
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Photo provided by the Art Gallery of Algoma

On Friday, the Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) celebrated the capital funding it received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to rectify issues with the old HVAC system and leaking roof. Local MPP Ross Romano and OTF Grant Review Team member Robert Nowosielski were on hand to congratulate AGA and hear more about how the funding will help with the preservation of valuable art work that’s on display at the Gallery.

“I am very pleased we were able to secure this $150,000 OTF capital grant for the Art Gallery of Algoma,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “The AGA is such an important part of our community’s commitment to Arts and Culture. Congratulations to the AGA, and I wish them luck with the completion of the project. The community looks forward to enjoying the many beautiful works of art in the future, and ensuring their proper preservation.”

The AGA was very fortunate to have received a $150,000 OTF Capital grant. The reason this is of huge importance for the Gallery is that there are very specific requirements needed for preservation of artwork and presentation of exhibitions to local audiences and visitors to the Sault alike. Jasmina Jovanovic, executive director Art Gallery of Algoma says, “This capital funding enabled the Gallery to rectify issues with the environment which will allow the AGA to deliver its mandate. The improvements will enable local audience to experience art from nationally and internationally well recognized art galleries which will at the same time attract more tourism to the city. The AGA is very grateful for the assistance received for this important project.”

Founded in 1975, the AGA is part of the mandate for the AGA to collect, display and preserve artwork for the future. The AGA holds designation “A” status. This designation puts the Gallery into the top level of art galleries across the country and enables presentation of significant exhibitions and further growth of the permanent collection by receiving significant donations.

The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) is the only public art gallery between Thunder Bay and Sudbury with a mandate to serve the city of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District. AGA has a vision to be a premiere visual arts institution in northern Ontario, gaining national recognition and international partnerships. Gallery’s mission is celebrating culture, educating visitors and enriching lives through the visual art. For more information, please visit here.

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.