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Art Gallery of Ontario offers free admission to frontline workers

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Health-care, emergency services, grocery stores, sanitation or public transit workers have until August 16 to sign up for a free annual pass


Museums in Ontario reopened this month as part of stage 2 in the provincial reopening plan.

That progress would not have been possible without frontline workers who continued on the job during the early months of the pandemic.

To thank those workers, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is giving them a chance to visit the gallery for free for one year.

Ontario residents employed in health care, emergency services, grocery stores, sanitation or public transit have until August 16 to sign up for a free annual pass that’s valid up to one year.

The AGO Annual Pass will allow the workers to book timed-entry tickets at any time. Eligible people must show proof of employment. (The full list of eligible workers is here.)

“The restorative power of art should not be underestimated – it can lift our spirits and support our wellbeing,” Art Gallery of Ontario CEO Stephan Jost said in a statement. “Now more than ever, we are excited to welcome our community back to the gallery to recharge with art.”

The AGO reopened to the public on July 2 with health and safety protocols in place. Visitors must wear a face mask and practise physical distancing. Limited tickets are sold for 30-minute slots to control the flow of people.

The gallery’s upcoming programming includes several big exhibitions.

Diane Arbus, Photographs: 1956-1971 and Illusions: The Art Of Magic, which closed in mid-March due to lockdown measures, will now run until November 8.

The first North American survey of South Korean artist Haegue Yang’s work, Emergence, is opening in September. A major show on Picasso will open in the fall and a Warhol retrospective opens next spring.

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Hariri Pontarini To Design Art Gallery of York University – Urban Toronto

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Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA) have been selected to design a new, stand-alone art gallery at York University. The new building will become a centrepiece at the Keele Campus, building upon the rich history of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and magnifying its reach into the local community and the world beyond.

Rendering of the winning design. Image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Boasting a contemporary, contextual design with the firm’s signature curves, HPA’s proposal stood out in the online design competition which saw a wide show of interest from strong contenders in the architectural community. Moriyama and Teshima Architects and gh3 were also on the shortlist. All three firms have received Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.

The new building will be located at the heart of the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, adjacent to the Harry W. Arthurs Common, steps from the subway station. The three-storey building will highlight contemporary and historic art and include a ground level event space with four separate gallery spaces set within a xeriscape garden.

AGYU’s collection currently contains 1,700 works including…

  • prominent donations of works by Norval Morrisseau and Andy Warhol
  • 200 prints and sculptures by renowned and influential Inuit artists including Kenojuak Ashevek and Kananginak Pootoogook
  • paradigmatic work by Canadian “Automatistes” Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas
  • American Modernists such as Helen Frankenthaler and Kenneth Noland
  • RISE, an internationally acclaimed film by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, featuring performances from some of Toronto’s most influential spoken word and rap artists.

Aerial: The new building will sit at the heart of York Keele Campus’ School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, adjacent to the Harry W. Arthurs Common, between the Accolade East Building and the Centre for Film & Theatre. Image courtesy of Googlemaps.

Founding Partner Siamak Hariri cites his excitement to help reimagine the AGYU’s future, “To signify this transformation, we were inspired by metaphor and nature. Like a butterfly, each of the five wings of the new gallery extend their reach out to the campus and of course beyond. Responding to the AGYU’s aspiration to expand the social and civic role of the gallery, the building will have a powerful presence, a new presence, embracing the full University Common, and welcoming and attracting visitors to all the wonder it has to offer.”

The AGYU opened in 1988 and moved into its current 3,000 ft² in 2006. The new building, combined with the AGYU’s existing space, will form a unified art institution and an important hub for artistic engagement. “The new design reflects our vision of an accessible and collaborative art gallery that serves as a space for creation, exhibition and appreciation of diverse art and culture,” says President & Vice- Chancellor Rhonda Lenton.

Philanthropists and art collectors Joan and Martin Goldfarb donated $5 million towards the gallery, kicking off this expansion and flagging the importance of the arts on campus. The eponymous Joan and Martin Goldfarb Gallery will honour the Goldfarb’s long history of supporting the arts at York University.

Rendering of the winning design, aerial view from across the Harry W. Arthurs Common. Image courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects.

With this win, HPA adds to its notable cultural and institutional portfolio, which includes the recently opened Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, and the internationally award-winning Bahá’í Temple of South America.

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Province puts up $100K to get more art into public places on P.E.I. – CBC.ca

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The province has set aside $100,000 over the next two years to develop a public art policy for the province.

Michelle MacCallum, director of cultural development with Innovation PEI, says it will enable the province to commission and acquire public art for government sites such as hospitals, schools and parks.

“I love seeing artwork all over our province,” she said.  

“I think about how much it delights and engages and sometimes challenges people when they come upon public art.”

Different than art bank

MacCallum said it will also be another opportunity for Island artists to display their work and earn money from it.

She said it will be different from the provincial art bank.

“This is more specific to sites. So if we were building a new school or some kind of provincial government office building, if you think about it, the building in and of itself is a public entity. But there’s nothing, there’s no art around it. It doesn’t say anything about it, about the people that use it, about what it’s for,” MacCallum said.

“So public art is there to augment the site specifically rather than just acquiring a catalog of the best of art, which is what the art bank does.”

Selected by jury

MacCallum said they will consult with architects and developers of potential sites, then put out request for proposals. The art will be selected by a jury.

She said there are a few sites being considered, but it’s too soon to disclose the locations.

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Art world star gives back by buying work of the undiscovered – Yahoo Canada Finance

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Spero Health Opens New Hopkinsville, KY Clinic Offering Addiction Treatment With Telehealth Services

Spero Health has announced plans to open their newest addiction treatment clinic in Hopkinsville, KY as part of the organization’s quick response to the growing need for expanded services as communities continue to see an increase in drug overdose deaths. CARF -accredited and community based, Spero Health is a national leader in providing care for individuals struggling with substance use disorders and will bring affordable, high quality addiction treatment services through a combination of telehealth and in-person visit options at this new clinic. Located at 111Susan Avenue, it is set to open its doors on December 1st. The new Hopkinsville Clinic joins a network of more than 45 Spero Health locations throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana, providing care for more than 8,400 patients each month. To ensure access to care is not a barrier to treatment, Spero Health accepts Kentucky Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. Individuals who need addiction treatment services are encouraged to call: 270-962-2255 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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