Thanks to an anonymous donor and a local philanthropist, Regina’s MacKenzie Art Gallery will be thriving for years to come.
It received a secret $25 million endowment gift, along with another six-figure donation from local philanthropist and art collector Lyn Goldman, in honour of her late brother, artist Tony Thorn.
Anthony Kiendl, the gallery’s CEO and executive director, said the money offers the MacKenzie stability.
“Both (donations) are necessary and they will really complement each other, so this is a great moment of celebration,” he said, adding it’s the largest donation in the gallery’s history.
“It allows us to look not just one year ahead, but five and 10 years ahead, and to plan much bigger and better things for the gallery and for the community.”
Kiendl noted the funds will allow the MacKenzie to expand its youth and family programs, along with its collections — specifically, its contemporary Indigenous art.
He added the 65-year-old gallery is also building a cafe and program space, which is set to open in the fall.