Canada supports Art Gallery of Ontario’s first public art commission and revitalization of gallery’s outdoor space

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

FedDev Ontario invests nearly $585,000 for AGO to create accessible community space and attract new visitors

June 20, 2022 – Toronto, Ontario

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in inclusive community sites that connect people across diverse backgrounds and support the lasting contributions these sites make to Canadian society and our nation’s economy.

Today, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment of nearly $585,000, through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to enhance its outdoor public space and welcome new visitors.

This investment will support the creation and installation of a sculpture by internationally-renowned contemporary artist, Brian Jungen, an artist of European and Indigenous heritage (dane-zaa). Jungen’s extensive artistic practice engages both Indigenous materials and traditions as well as Western art history and popular culture. At five and a half metres long and four metres tall, Couch Monster: Sadzěʔ yaaghęhch’ill (2022) is a prominent addition to Toronto’s streetscape. The sculpture was unveiled earlier today outside the AGO in downtown Toronto, and will be accompanied by seating and green space making it accessible to visitors of all abilities. Interpretive material located near the sculpture will be available in French, English, and Aanishinaabemowin. In the coming months, additional interpretive material accessible to visually and hearing impaired communities will be available online at ago.ca.

Today’s announcement reinforces the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting diverse and inclusive community projects that are integral to the overall well-being of our peoples, families and communities.

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