New partnership between the National Gallery of Canada and Carleton University
Ottawa (Ontario) - October 28, 2009
Students now granted free admission to the Gallery
A new partnership between the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and Carleton University gives Carleton’s more than 24,000 students free and unlimited admission to the Gallery’s national collections and special exhibitions. This is effective immediately and is valid until June 30, 2010. The agreement is designed to encourage students in all academic fields to increase their appreciation of the visual arts and is made possible by a contribution to the National Gallery of Canada Foundation by the university.
“Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital creates opportunities for our students to experience world-class cultural institutions, like the National Gallery of Canada,” said Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University. “This partnership will provide our students with free access to one of the world’s most respected art galleries and reinforce for students that when you come to Carleton you are getting not just an excellent education, but an enriching, enlightening experience. The Gallery should be commended for its forward-thinking in trying to expand students’ exposure to and appreciation for art.”
“Art is best viewed in person,” said NGC Director Marc Mayer. “We applaud Carleton University for taking this initiative. Through this agreement, Carleton students will be able to extend their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art outside the university’s lecture halls. We look forward to welcoming them as repeat visitors to our gallery spaces.”
The President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, Marie Claire Morin, also praised Carleton University for its leadership. “We look forward to building a relationship with Carleton students who, we hope, will become future members and patrons of the Gallery, and to establishing similar partnerships with other institutions of higher learning in the National Capital Region and across the country.”
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world. In addition, it has pre-eminent collections of Indigenous, Western and European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, American and Asian Art as well as drawings and photography. Created in 1880, it is among the oldest of Canada’s national and cultural institutions. As part of its mandate to make Canadian art accessible across the country, the NGC has one of the largest touring exhibition programs in the world.
About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
Established in 1997, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to providing the National Gallery of Canada with the additional financial support needed to preserve and promote Canada's rich visual art heritage and make art accessible and meaningful to Canadians. The blend of private philanthropy and public support is vital to the National Gallery’s ability to carry out its programs and fulfill its unique mandate. The Foundation welcomes immediate and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments.
About Carleton University
Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 24,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.
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