(Fredericton, NB) – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery is excited to announce that the campaign to raise $50,000 by September 30th to meet the J.T. Clark Family Foundation’s challenge grant was a success.
Throughout August and September the Beaverbrook has been working diligently to secure funds for the Shared Spaces campaign. In total, $61,915.00 was raised during the two month campaign, exceeding the challenge grant offered to the Beaverbrook by the J.T. Clark Family Foundation. Including the matching grant from the Foundation, the Beaverbrook now has $111,915.00 to dedicate toward Shared Spaces.
The completion of the Shared Spaces campaign was celebrated on the banks of the Wolastoq (Saint John) River with J.T. Clark Family Foundation’s Vice Chair, John Clark, Natasha Martin-Mitchell, Shared Spaces campaign committee member and Indigenous Advisor to the Beaverbrook, Brandon Mitchell, Learning Facilitator with the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, and staff members Adda Mihailescu, Manager of Public Programs, Jessica Spalding, Manager of Development and Donor Relations, and John Leroux, Manager of Collections and Exhibitions.
“We felt this was a very worthwhile campaign to be involved with. We find that giving a charity a challenge causes them to exceed their original goal, just as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has done. Congratulations to all those involved!” says John Clark, Vice Chair of the J.T. Clark Family Foundation.
“The completion of the Shared Spaces fundraising campaign marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another” says Tom Smart, the Beaverbrook’s Director and CEO. “We’ve already begun the process of stakeholder engagement with Indigenous groups in our community to learn how we can create programming that centers around the needs of Indigenous Elders, artists, and youth. This will be a comprehensive program that will involve the input from many different communities throughout New Brunswick.” says Smart.
Shared Spaces was launched to support Indigenous programming at the Beaverbrook. The funds from the Shared Spaces campaign will be focused in the following areas:
- A dedicated Indigenous Curator organizing more exhibitions featuring established and emerging Indigenous artists from New Brunswick and the rest of Canada;
- Expanded Artist-in-Residence and Elder-in-Residence programs over the next three years;
- Specific and expanded educational programs and tours relating to Indigenous art supporting school curriculums across New Brunswick, including bilingual, animated, interpretive online videos for youth.
“We are excited to have partnered with some great organizations and community members as we worked to reach our goal.” says Jessica Spalding, Manager of Development and Donor Relations, “These partnerships include the J.T. Clark Family Foundation, the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, the Sheila Hugh McKay Foundation, and Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs, New Brunswick Women in Business. We also want to thank RBC for their work in planning our community BBQ, as well as all of the individuals who donated and offered their support the last two months.” says Spalding.
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