Qaumajuq offers free membership to young people


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When it opens in February, Qaumajuq at the Winnipeg Art Gallery will house the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. And in its inaugural year, membership will be free for those under 25 and will cost just $ 35 for anyone older than that, the WAG said on Tuesday.

According to the gallery, it’s a move that will lower barriers to entering the center, increasing public access to a collection and building that has been built for years.

Qaumajuq, which in Inuktitut means “It’s bright, it’s lighted,” will also be free to enter for any Aboriginal person, WAG announced earlier this fall. People under the age of 18 will be able to enter for free without subscribing to a subscription.

“I see art as one of the most powerful tools we have to communicate, to help people understand and expose them to different ideas and perspectives,” WAG CEO and Director Stephen Borys said on Tuesday. .

“Opening that up as much as possible to young people and to our communities is something that I think is very important.”

The museum has had success with free admission programs in the past, including free Sundays sponsored by Canada Life, and when the center opens, Borys said it is important that the artwork is there. are accessible to all.

The announcement of free and discounted memberships is an indication that the center is “owned” by the public, Borys said.

As of Tuesday, “friend” memberships are available for pre-order, WAG said. Registration gives access to exclusive content before the next opening.

Although currently closed, the WAG also appeals to members of the community who are able to make a donation to support its programming: until November 30, a local philanthropist contributes up to $ 500,000 in donations. In addition to free and discounted memberships, the museum also offers partners, patrons and “friends with benefits” memberships, which include additional perks such as store discounts and early registration for selected programming.

True to the meaning of its name, the Qaumajuq Building relies on natural light and was designed by American firm Michael Maltzan Architecture in collaboration with Cibinel Architecture of Winnipeg. The building communicates with the museum. Floor-to-ceiling windows give passers-by a glimpse of the central ground floor, with its central visual vault, displaying thousands of sculptures.

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