Shirley Madill
Executive Director 
Telephone # (519) 579-5860 ext. 216
Charitable # 107579674 RR0001

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In support of the mission of "connecting people and ideas through art" KWAG provides the public with a wide range of experiences in the visual arts through high quality exhibitions of regional, national and international art, education and public programs, outreach activities, specialized workshops, publications, collection accessibility, research and art expertise. Our key objectives for exhibitions focus on generating dialogue with contemporary art and its issues, regional, national and international practices, different art forms and disciplines, collection and non-collection projects.

Program Story

Free Public Programming at KWAG

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery's (KWAG) public programs are dedicated to providing points of access for a deeper, more meaningful understanding of art, culture and visual practices. Art, especially contemporary art, is fertile ground for exploring ideas and connecting with people both in our immediate community and in the world around us. KWAG is open to the public seven days a week, including holidays. To ensure there are no financial barriers to enjoying the visual arts experience there is no charge to visit, thanks to the Free Admissions Sponsor, Sun Life Financial. KWAG presents approximately nine exhibitions annually with supplementary educational and public programming. Attendance to exhibitions and programs currently exceeds 40,000 visitors, locally, provincially and nationally, which includes students, families, cultural workers, tourists, and more. We offer 100+ free and low-cost programs every year so there is truly something special for everyone! KWAG relies on the support of the community to ensure that its exhibitions, programs and services are accessible and available to everyone. Almost 60% of KWAG's operating revenue comes from personal donations and from corporate sponsorships and partnerships, and approximately 40% comes from various levels of government, including project grants. KWAG also relies on several hundred trained volunteers who are actively engaged in all facets of KWAG's operations during the year. KWAG is also the proud caretaker of a permanent collection of over 4,000 works of art, a legacy held in trust for current and future generations, and a resource that is regularly incorporated into exhibition presentations and educational programs. Curriculum-based school programs are offered with the direct support of the local school boards, and attended by more than 6,000 students each year. Cross-disciplinary teaching modules are developed for each set of exhibitions by KWAG's professional education staff, connecting the works

Donation Impact

  • $5 provides a child and their caregiver with an art activity at one of the many outdoor festivals that KWAG participates in each year
  • $10 provides one individual the opportunity to attend a lecture or artist talk at KWAG
  • $35 provides supplies and programming for a family of four to attend a Family Sunday at KWAG
  • $50 provides a tour of KWAG's current exhibitions by a trained artist-educator
  • $100 assists KWAG to host a volunteer thank you event

Giving Opportunity

Membership: Members at all levels are vitally important to KWAG's success both financially and in developing an audience for our programs and exhibitions. As little as $10/month: This amount is all it takes to be part of our monthly donor program. Monthly giving, thought auto-debit or credit card payments, is an easy way to support the 100+ free and low-cost-programs that KWAG offers year-round for children, youth, adults, seniors and families in our community. 100% of your donation goes to support education and exhibits at YOUR public art gallery. Monthly donors receive a tax receipt for the full value of their donation at the end of the year. Director's Circle (contribution of $5,000+): Director's Circle supporters are art lovers and civic leaders who recognize the contribution that the arts make, both economically and creatively, to the life of a community. Director's Circle supporters understand the need for long-term, consistent funding and are vital to KWAG's mandate of stewardship and to inspire creativity and appreciation for the visual arts and collaboration. Curator's Circle (contribution of $1,000+): The Curator's Circle reflects the philanthropic desires of those who wish to foster the development of unique exhibits and further the curatorial goals of KWAG. From our start in a bicycle shed to our current place on the national and international stage, Curator's Circle members can be proud of the contribution they make to the dreams and aspirations of KWAG. pARTner Club (contributions of $250+): Our pARTner Club level is for those individuals who are deeply committed to the stewardship of our Permanent Collection, which now numbers well over 4,000 pieces encompassing a variety of media, themes and periods. Our Permanent Collection is held in trust for the people of the region and its maintenance and development is a key component of KWAG's artistic leadership on a regional, provincial and national stage. Member (contributions of $50+): The Voting Members are a core group of dedicated donors whose support allows us to cultivate dynamic experiences through meaningful engagement with art for as many community members as possible. Friends of KWAG represent the diverse community that the gallery calls home. Donors (contributions of $25+): New to KWAG? Want to learn more? Being a Donor is a great way to get to know KWAG with invitations to openings and special events, and our newsletter delivered right to your door! Volunteering: Volunteering at KWAG is a great way to learn new things, enhance your skills and meet new people. You'll have an opportunity to work with staff to deliver programs, activate events and connect with a wide range of people through outreach initiatives. It's a great way to explore your creative side and work with others who share your passion for the arts. With a number of opportunities to choose from and a flexible schedule, there is a role for everyone.