McGuinty Government Invests In McMichael Collection

    Showcasing Canadian Art Improves Quality of Life For All Ontarians

    KLEINBURG, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is providing the
McMichael Canadian Art Collection with an additional $1.2 million to support
its work in preserving and exhibiting Canadian art, Minister of Culture
Caroline Di Cocco announced today.
    "Art provides communities with a powerful and compelling way to tell
their stories and celebrate their successes," said Di Cocco. "With its idyllic
setting and remarkable collection, the McMichael speaks to the very heart of
our identity as Ontarians and Canadians. I am proud we can support this unique
gallery in showcasing our cultural heritage to residents and visitors to
    "The McMichael has been showcasing some of Canada's finest art for more
than 40 years," said Greg Sorbara, Minister of Finance and MPP for
Vaughan-King-Aurora. "This new funding should help the McMichael on its path
to an even brighter future."
    The McMichael is the only major public art gallery devoted solely to the
collecting and exhibiting of Canadian art. Its permanent collection consists
of almost 6,000 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their
contemporaries, and First Nations, Inuit and other artists who have made a
contribution to the development of Canadian art.
    "This welcome new investment from the province enhances the impressive
turnaround the McMichael has experienced in the past two years," said
McMichael Chair Noreen Taylor. "With these funds, we will continue presenting
important exhibitions and programs here in Kleinburg."
    In addition to increased funding to museums and cultural organizations,
the Ontario government has introduced the proposed Status of Ontario's Artists
Act to formally recognize the contribution artists make to Ontario's economy
and quality of life. If passed, the legislation would be an important step in
the McGuinty government's plan to create a better environment for artists and
to help cultural industries grow and prosper.
    The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Ministry of
Culture. With its wide array of programs and exhibits, the gallery attracts
about 120,000 visitors annually, helping to promote cultural tourism in

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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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