October 12 2018

The Winnipeg Foundation Supports Manitoba Museum Gallery Renewal Project

(L-R) James Cohen, Chair, Board of Governors, Manitoba Museum; Jeoff Chipman, Chair, Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital & Endowment Campaign, Manitoba Museum; Doneta Brotchie, Incoming Chair, The Winnipeg Foundation; Claudette Leclerc, Executive Director & CEO, Manitoba Museum; Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation.

Winnipeg, MB (October October 4, 2018): The Manitoba Museum, together with The Winnipeg Foundation, is pleased to announce the Foundation’s support of the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project with a grant of $1 million. The Project will see renewal of 42% of the Museum’s galleries including a new Winnipeg Gallery, along with the Grasslands, Orientation, and Urban Galleries. The Nonsuch Gallery was the first of the galleries to be renewed and reopened in June 2018.

This funding announcement was made today at The Winnipeg Foundation`s annual Legacy Circle celebration at the Convention Centre. “It is thanks to our most generous donors past and present that The Winnipeg Foundation is able to support important community projects such as the Manitoba Museum’s Capital Renewal initiative. Working together, this project will preserve our city’s history and will help ensure ‘a Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all,’” said Rick Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation.

“The Manitoba Museum is extremely grateful to The Winnipeg Foundation for this generous contribution of $1 million for the renewal of the Manitoba Museum,” says James Cohen, Chair of the Manitoba Museum Board of Governors. “The Manitoba Museum is honoured to have been a recipient of funding from the Foundation for various exhibitions and programs over several decades – most recently the Foundation supported the expansion of the Museum’s Alloway Hall, the first step of the Museum’s Capital Renewal Vision.”

Following the success of the Nonsuch Gallery renewal, the Manitoba Museum is proceeding with the second phase of the Bringing Our Stories Forward Capital Renewal Project with the development of the new Winnipeg Gallery. The new gallery will feature a theatre with a large-screen video and photo montage timeline of Winnipeg’s notable and rich history. Complementing this overview will be a variety of multimedia exhibits and artifact cases that explore themes important to Winnipeg’s growth as a city.

The Winnipeg Gallery will show the province’s capital city as a dynamic community that continues to evolve, influenced by the legacies of people and nature. Themes are explored that take the visitor to Winnipeg’s deep history as a place formed by moving rivers and changing geography, and where Indigenous people have met and negotiated treaties for millennia. Winnipeg as a city of contrasts is investigated, as over its 145-year history the city has established areas of distinct differences within its population. And significantly, the theme of diversity is considered as people from around the world have come to the city for opportunity, and to find a new home.

The Winnipeg Gallery is set to open in fall of 2019, with Grasslands and Orientation Galleries opening in 2020, in time for the Manitoba Museum’s 50th anniversary and the province of Manitoba’s 150th anniversary.

The Manitoba Museum is grateful to our many partners and donors to date in this important renewal project including the Government of Canada, Government of Manitoba, and many generous Manitobans.