WAG’s Inuit Art Centre, Royal Aviation Museum Receive Funding Boost

WAG’s Inuit Art Centre, Royal Aviation Museum Receive Funding Boost

WAG Inuit Art Centre
An artist’s rendering of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s future Inuit Art Centre. (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government came bearing gifts on Tuesday for two heritage organizations.

The province committed $20 million to be shared between the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

The WAG will receive $10 million over five years for the $65 million Inuit Art Centre. The former NDP government committed $15 million to the project, which celebrates Inuit art and Indigenous cultures through exhibitions, research and education.

The Royal Aviation Museum will get $8.75 million, with another $1.25 million available next year if private donation targets are met.

The province also announced a new $5 million program over three years to support small and medium-sized museums and archives. The government will work with The Winnipeg Foundation to coordinate with Manitoba’s other 54 community foundations to administer the program.

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