Kenora’s Big Picture campaign has officially hit the $2 million mark. The campaign is aiming to raise $2.5 million towards the construction of a dedicated art centre in Kenora.

Lori Nelson, Director of the Lake of the Woods Museum, detailed how exciting it is for the campaign to reach such a significant milestone.

“It’s great. The fact that $2 million has been raised in just seven months is incredible. People have been very generous in supporting this project, I think because there’s a lot of excitement about it. Certainly from the financial and moral support that we’ve received, we feel very positive that people are recognizing the value of it for Kenora. We are a tourist town, so the more that we have to offer to visitors – the better it is for the community as a whole in terms of economic development,” she said.

The design for the art centre will incorporate the re-purposing of the heritage-designated Museum Annex for studio, programming and administrative space. A 5,700 square foot, three-level addition will house two galleries, public space, multi-purpose space, office space and storage in a climate-controlled environment.

Construction for the art centre will start this spring, and the centre is anticipated to be up-and-running by summer 2019.

“That’s our goal, and we are on track!” Nelson added.

Nelson noted that the campaign has applied for a $1 million provincial grant, as well as a federal program.

If residents wish to donate to the campaign, they are encouraged to contact the museum at 1-807-467-2105, drop by the museum or email them at [email protected].

For more information:
Framing a new art centre

"By Request Only" a fundraiser for the Big Picture Campaign

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