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VANCOUVER, British Columbia &–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 1, 2022–

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Today the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of North America’s most innovative visual arts institutions, is thrilled to announce that beginning July 1, all children and youth 18 and under will receive free admission to the Museum. This initiative was made possible by a generous gift of $1 million from the April Fool’s Day Foundation of Vancouver and will be in place over the next five years as the Museum prepares to move into a new building, including the opening is scheduled for 2027.

Founded in 1931, the Gallery is known for its adventurous exhibitions, extensive public programs, and focus on advancing research into historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. From the Audain Foundation transformational gift in November 2021, the Gallery continued to be successful in its fundraising efforts and, thanks to this donation from the April 1 Foundation of Vancouver, the Gallery will be even more accessible, especially to young people, across the province.

“The Gallery is a place to meet and exchange ideas. With the support of the April 1 Foundation of Vancouver, thousands of children and young people aged 18 and under will have the opportunity to engage with art and develop their own creativity,” said Anthony Kiendl, Director and CEO of the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Learning and community are among our top priorities. With this initiative and the launch of our new exhibition The kids take over, the Museum plays an active role in improving accessibility and promoting creative thinking and problem solving for all ages and backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming even more of our youngest visitors to the Museum.

The Vancouver Art Gallery recently launched the exhibition, The children take over which runs until September 11, 2022. The kids take over features works of art from the Gallery’s collection alongside texts and drawings by local students, aged five to eighteen. The Museum’s rotunda and alcoves have been transformed into dynamic interactive spaces that offer regular programming for families and children, including a workshop for teens led by artist Chantal Gibson. Highlighting young voices and a future generation of art lovers The kids take over engages with children and young people to showcase their creativity, while bringing new voices to the Gallery and new perspectives on the collection.

The Vancouver Art Gallery will move to its new premises, located at the intersections of West Georgia, Cambie and Beatty streets, and will continue to build on its dedication to children and youth. The new gallery will serve more than one million visitors from around the world each year, including 100,000 young people through educational programs. The Museum will soon announce further changes to its current membership program.

Children and youth can visit the Vancouver Art Gallery for free starting July 1, 2022.

About the Vancouver Art Gallery

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of the most innovative visual arts institutions in North America. The Gallery’s innovative exhibitions, extensive public programs, and focus on advancing knowledge all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. Particular attention is given to works by indigenous artists, as well as those from the Asia-Pacific region. The Gallery’s exhibitions also explore the impact of images in the wider sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a charitable, not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate grantmakers, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is located on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy’əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and respects the Indigenous stewards of the lands it occupies, whose wealthy cultures are essential to artistic life in Vancouver and to the work of the Museum. Learn more about

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PUBLISHED: 06/01/2022 09:00/DISC: 06/01/2022 09:03


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