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AGO Teams Up with Blyth Academy to Offer Summer School in the City

Gallery offers high school students from across the GTA summer art courses for credit

(TORONTO – June 5, 2012) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce a partnership with Blyth Academy that will offer a unique summer school experience to students from across the GTA. Summer School in the City, administrated through Blyth Academy, will provide enriched, accredited secondary school art courses at the AGO and other leading cultural institutions.

Program partners include the AGO, the Royal Ontario Museum, TIFF Bell Lightbox and Outward Bound Canada at Evergreen Brick Works. Each organization will enable students to work alongside educational and curatorial staff, offering a transformative and exciting educational experience. With an emphasis on experiential, hands-on learning, these programs will afford students access to the physical and human resources of these key cultural centres.

“We’re thrilled to participate in Summer School in the City, adding another unique dimension to the AGO’s summer program offerings,” said Kelly McKinley, the Gallery’s executive director of education and public programming. “We can’t imagine a more fun or beautiful way to get a high school credit – in the AGO galleries and art studios surrounded by hundreds of magnificent works of art!”

This opportunity is administrated by Blyth Academy but open to all students from across the GTA regardless of their home schools, and a limited number of full scholarships are available. The month-long courses take place during July and August. To register, visit

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art-inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

May 1 – Aug. 26, 2012: Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

Oct.20, 2012 – Jan. 20, 2013: Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting


The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners. 



For more information, please contact:



Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

Caitlin Coull; Manager, Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 364,

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