Regina, Saskatchewan – Monday, April 8, 2019: In support of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s ongoing transformation, we will today be implementing a new simplified and enhanced membership program with customizable benefits that will enhance our robust programming.

As part of the MacKenzie’s multi-phase transformation, the Gallery is implementing a number of new opportunities to ensure our ongoing growth and the high standards the public has come to expect, beyond the changes we have already enacted over the past few months: notably, commissioning a major artwork on the façade of our building — Kâkikê / Forever by Duane Linklater, and opening our café, Craft Services — built around the artwork of Regina-born artist Bill Burns. With the recent appointments of a new Director of Programs and a new Assistant Curator, who join the MacKenzie’s world-class art museum team, the Gallery is working on delivering more exciting projects over the coming months.

Beginning on June 10, 2019, the MacKenzie will also be transitioning to a paid admissions model. Admissions will continue to be complimentary for members. The cost for admission for nonmembers will be $10, with individuals 17 and under admitted for free. Admission fees will be for the second floor of the MacKenzie Art Gallery only. The main floor of the Gallery, which includes the MacKenzie’s café Craft Services and community program space, the Gallery Shop, the Shumiatcher Theatre, and the BMO Learning Centre, will remain free to the public.

The MacKenzie’s new membership program will now offer a Core Membership for individuals at a reduced cost of $30, as well as a reduced double membership for $55. Current memberships will be honoured, along with all of the accompanying benefits, with the addition of complimentary admission, until a member’s renewal date.

“This change will allow us to expand our programming, including new and diverse exhibitions, and introduce more events and programs promoting and supporting art and artists,” says Anthony Kiendl, Executive Director and CEO of the MacKenzie Art Gallery. “These measures will also allow us to implement a more customized experience delivered through a more enhanced level of visitor

“It is thrilling to look forward to new developments on the horizon, including the transformation of the Gallery’s public spaces,” says Johanna Salloum, President of the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s Board of Trustees. “We know that our community demands diversity and in-depth programming, and these changes will enable us to expand our offerings and continue to define the MacKenzie as an entity that is rooted in playful, creative and experimental experiences.”

Kiendl adds, “Ultimately, a vital art museum is at the core of democratic societies and most business leaders agree that a vibrant arts and culture scene creates a healthier, more productive, and more innovative economy and higher quality of life. We want to ensure we are able to deliver this for generations to come.”

In reimagining the role of a public art gallery, the MacKenzie Art Gallery seeks to become an immersive, community-engaged centre for art, focusing on visitors and artists, Indigenous culture and diversity, engaging people in transformative experiences of the world through art.

The MacKenzie is grateful for the support of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation; Canada Council for the Arts; SaskCulture; the City of Regina; University of Regina; and the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

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