WINNIPEG – The Inuit Art Centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery has received a substantial boost from the feds.
Ottawa has committed $15-million to the project that will house the largest collection of Inuit art in the world.
The entire project is slated to cost about $65-million and the four-storey building adjacent to the WAG is expected to open some time in 2019.
CEO and Director Stephen Borys tells 680 CJOB they are still waiting to hear back from the Pallister Government.
“The last administration made that gift. We are just waiting, and of course hoping, that the new government will reconfirm or recommit to that pledge. There’s a lot on the table right now but we are in almost daily dialogue.”
Borys adds that while the roots of the project are in Winnipeg, it will have an impact across the country.
“We expect that pledges will come in from across Canada and into the United States because this Inuit art collection is truly international in scope. Its impact will have a great effect in terms of the campaign.”
The City of Winnipeg has also pledged $5-million to the project. It will include exhibition spaces, art studios, classrooms and a two-level interactive presentation theatre.