Major Gift Announcement for the MacKenzie

Major Gift Announcement for the MacKenzie

August 30, 2018 at 12:00pm

$25 Million Anonymous Endowment Gift for MacKenzie Art Gallery Will Support Significant Expansion of Exhibitions and Programs

Additional Gift Received from Lyn Goldman to Fund Acquisitions, New Programs

The MacKenzie Art Gallery today announced two major gifts to the art museum. The first, a $25 million (CAD) gift from an anonymous donor, is the largest such donation in the Gallery’s history. By creating a new endowment for the Gallery, this gift will annually provide, on average, 25% of the Gallery’s current annual operating budget. A second, six-figure gift, from local collector and philanthropist Lyn Goldman, will be split between the MacKenzie’s acquisitions fund and its ongoing programming and organizational needs. Part of an effort to transform the MacKenzie ahead of its 70th anniversary, these two gifts will support the museum’s capacity to develop and present creative exhibitions and programs, and to better engage 21st century audiences.

“These gifts are truly transformational for the MacKenzie Art Gallery, strengthening our investment in the Gallery’s many new initiatives”, said Anthony Kiendl, the museum’s Executive Director and CEO. “This visionary anonymous donation comes at a pivotal moment for the Gallery, as we expand our range of exhibitions and public programs and improve our onsite facilities. In particular, these gifts strengthen our capacity to be a creative hub and meeting place, fostering meaningful experiences of the world through art. I extend our sincerest appreciation to the anonymous donor — the strength of their vision will make a lasting impact on our Gallery and communities. At the same time, Ms. Goldman’s gift is insightful, contributing to immediate needs in a strategic and vital way.”

The anonymous $25 million (CAD) donation has been endowed through the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation (SSCF), which will manage the funds and disburse the earned income to the MacKenzie Art Gallery annually. The donor, while wishing to remain anonymous, is committed to ensuring future growth opportunities for the Gallery. Recognizing that raising funds for operating endowments is often an institution’s most difficult challenge, this gift helps to address the museum’s core needs.

A long-time supporter of the MacKenzie, Lyn Goldman credits her mother with instilling a responsibility to champion public arts institutions. Her gift is made in memory of her brother, the late artist Tony Thorn. Born in Regina in 1927, Thorn received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan in 1947 and began to paint the following year. His paintings and carved works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally in solo and group shows, and more than 1,100 of his paintings are part of private, corporate, and public collections.

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