United for a new Vancouver Art Gallery that will benefit all British Columbians

The New Gallery Coalition is a group of individuals, associations, and businesses dedicated to making the new Vancouver Art Gallery a reality.

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Why We Need A New Gallery

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The next generation of British Columbians deserves to have a cultural education

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a hub of cultural education for children around British Columbia.  Yet, in its current building, it can’t keep up with the demand from school groups in the face of a growing and diverse population, and an increasing demand for art education.  In the last 17 years, attendance at the Gallery has increased from 180,000 to more than 525,000 visitors per year.  Our children deserve to understand the growth and magic that comes from experiencing art, and this requires that we build a new Vancouver Art Gallery to accommodate current and future demand.

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The new Vancouver Art Gallery will accelerate the development of BC’s creative economy, driving a shift towards creative and green jobs, and paying for itself many times over

BC’s economy is at a crossroads.  Do we stick to our traditional strengths in resource development and exports, or do we support our emerging creative economy, diversifying our existing strengths into a world-leading centre of creative excellence?  Located at the heart of Vancouver’s emerging Cultural Precinct, a new Vancouver Art Gallery will attract global talent and be the focal point for new green jobs.  Workers in a diverse range of sectors will benefit, including artists, filmmakers, animators, musicians, video game creators, and tech workers.

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The economic benefits of the project will be massive, and province-wide

The new Vancouver Art Gallery is projected to add $66.4 million in GDP to BC’s economy, including 1,002 new jobs in tourism-related activity alone, and generate $21.5 million in new annual tax revenue. Additionally, construction of the new Vancouver Art Gallery building will add almost 3,000 full-time jobs and a further $250 million dollars of increased GDP to BC and Canada’s economy. The project will provide opportunities for British Columbia’s renowned skilled union labour force. And let’s be clear – this is British Columbia’s art gallery.  Our entire province will benefit from direct and indirect economic spin-offs.

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British Columbia has a unique cultural heritage that needs to be protected, celebrated, and shared

British Columbia is unique, and nowhere is our culture and heritage better preserved than in the Vancouver Art Gallery.  This includes exhibitions by leading First Nations artists across British Columbia, the largest collection of Emily Carr works in the world, and works from leaders in BC’s cultural communities.  But there is a major problem – the existing building is seismically unsafe, putting irreplaceable pieces of our cultural heritage at risk in the event of an earthquake.

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The new Vancouver Art Gallery will help build healthier communities

The new building will be a creative and cultural gathering place that helps our society build healthy, cohesive and resilient communities. Through its collection and its programs, the new Vancouver Art Gallery will be a truly inclusive place where a wide audience of different race, class, age and sexual orientations can come together to explore complex and difficult issues in a nuanced and supportive atmosphere.

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Around the world, art galleries are proven to be an important public investment that pays off

Building a new Vancouver Art Gallery to benefit a province is not a new idea! The new Remai Modern museum in downtown Saskatoon is expected to add $17 million in GDP and is spurring on Saskatchewan’s creative sector. And all over the world – from the Whitney Museum in New York to the Tate Modern in London – major art museums are synonymous with world-class creative sectors. It’s time to put Vancouver’s cultural and creative hub on the map. Let’s build the new Vancouver Art Gallery!

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