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Campaign Surpasses $276 Million Goal As Transformed AGO Opens to the World

As the transformed AGO prepares to open its doors to the world, Charlie Baillie, president of the Board of Trustees, announces that the Transformation AGO Campaign has surpassed its goal of $276 million. As a result, the building project is fully funded as are endowments for building operations and contemporary art acquisition.

“This is an unprecedented success for the AGO and the community,” says Baillie. “Thanks to the support of thousands of donors, 47 of them making gifts of $1 million or more, the new AGO will be the home for art that all of Ontario deserves. The Gallery’s newly expanded collection and Frank Gehry’s innovative design will inspire and celebrate the creativity within every visitor.”

In addition to the extraordinary Thomson Collection, the Thomson family has contributed a total of $100 million to the AGO’s transformation -- $30 million of it for enhanced features beyond the original scope of the project, including extraordinary Gehry-designed cases for the Thomson Collection of Ship Models. With this generous support, the AGO has raised a total of $300 million for its transformation.

“This journey was one Ken Thomson was not prepared to embark on unless he had partners to accompany him,” says Baillie. “Indeed, more than 3,500 donors have invested in this remarkable cultural moment. The new AGO was built by the community for the community.”

The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario were major partners in the Transformation AGO project with financial contributions of $24 million and $39 million respectively. Private and corporate sectors as well as unparalleled community participation have combined to make the vision for the new AGO a reality. (See reverse side for listing of leadership donors.)

More than 4,300 works are on view in the new AGO – 40 percent of them never shown before at the Gallery. With a permanent collection of more than 73,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. The Gallery began an extraordinary chapter when it launched Transformation AGO in 2002. Multi-faceted in scope, Transformation AGO involves the unprecedented growth of the permanent collection, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, and the strengthening of the museum’s endowment resources. As the imaginative centre of the city, the transformed AGO will dramatically enrich our visitors’ experiences and provide greater access to the full vibrancy of the art museum.


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The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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