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Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – May 13, 2024 – What is the Community Gallery Program at City Hall’s Lower Level?

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward Mailbag

Welcome to the Mayor’s Monday Mailbag, an initiative Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Mayor’s Office launched to share weekly answers to questions from the public we’ve received through our main email inbox at mayor@burlington.ca or the Mayor’s social media platforms.

At the end of the month, we publish a roundup of those most pressing questions we’ve received in the weeks prior.

Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – May 13, 2024

QUESTION:

“What is happening at the lower level of Burlington City Hall and what is the Community Gallery program?”

ANSWER:

The City of Burlington’s Arts and Culture Department has introduced a new initiative called the Community Gallery program that aims to utilize civic spaces for exhibiting original artworks from local and regional artists.

The inaugural gallery space is the Koi Pond Gallery, located in the lower level of Burlington City Hall. Artists and community groups will be invited to apply to utilize this space for a three-month exhibit at no cost. The selection and coordination of exhibits are managed by the City of Burlington Arts and Culture staff.

The first exhibit, currently on display now until July 26, 2024, highlights members of the Burlington Fine Arts Association. Established in 1966, the Burlington Fine Arts Association serves as the painters’ guild of the Art Gallery of Burlington. The guild offers access to a unique facility with working studios and galleries, hosts paid workshops throughout the year, and provides opportunities for artists to draw, paint, or print alongside others on a weekly or monthly basis.

Applications for future Community Gallery exhibits will open in May and will be available online via www.burlington.ca. To learn more, email city@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7777.

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