Our public art museum has limitless potential. It is a welcoming community space for encounters with art in many different forms. Our Gallery is a place for experimentation, learning, creativity, and building connections. It is a refuge, a place to become inspired, and feel challenged...and Nanaimo Art Gallery belongs to you!
Our Annual Appeal comes at an exciting time for the Gallery and our community. Like much of downtown Nanaimo, the Gallery is on a path of growth, revitalization, expansion and renewal. The arts and culture sector is key to the economic development of Nanaimo, providing employment and attracting tourists and locals downtown, thereby increasing the dollars spent on accommodation, restaurants, bars, transportation and shopping.
The City of Nanaimo recently gave the arts and culture sector, and Nanaimo Art Gallery specifically, a vote of confidence by supporting our phased plan for facility development. Our plan amalgamates the VIU and Commercial Street galleries into one comprehensive, iconic space, and provides for expansion in the future.
As members and supporters, we know you value the contribution Nanaimo Art Gallery makes to the cultural, social and economic fabric of our community. We greatly appreciate the support you have shown us through your feedback, input, volunteer hours, donations, letters and participation in our programs.
Although the City and other funders have been generous with their support, we still need the support of the community. We need our members and friends to join us in achieving our goal of bringing a world class cultural resource to our community. We are passionate about the sustainability of the Gallery, our plan for facility development, and our goals for the upcoming year, and are asking for your help. Please show your support by contributing to our Annual Appeal and plan to join us in the Gallery for a memorable encounter with art!
With thanks and warmest regards,
President, Board of Directors