Finally, some good news in 2020 for arts and culture enthusiasts in the city.
The Gardiner Museum is offering free admission on weekends for the rest of the year.
The goal of the Community Building Weekends “is to encourage our diverse
communities, particularly first-time visitors, to explore the Museum, participate in hands-on programs that connect families, and experience clay and ceramics in unique, inspiring, and unexpected ways,” the release states.
In addition to offering free admission to the permanent galleries and special exhibitions, the Gardiner will host physically distanced family clay activities outside on the plaza — these workshops will be relocated inside the museum later in the season.
“People throughout the city are struggling with the significant financial, social, and emotional implications of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Executive Direction and CEO Kelvin Browne.
“We believe in the power of art and community to heal and bring comfort, and that the cost of admission and participation should not be a barrier to that experience. Offering free admission on weekends is a way for us to give back to our city as we all struggle to regain a sense of normalcy. We want people to feel safe and welcome here, and to make this space their own.”
The Gardiner’s Community Building Weekends are made possible through funding from the Citrine Foundation of Canada, and additional support from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the Gardiner Volunteer Committee.
The Gardiner Museum is located at 111 Queens Park.