2019 Spring Appeal: Can we talk about something difficult?
Today we live in a world where many things are uncertain, with new challenges emerging to be faced by future generations.
Historic support has helped CAG provide a safe setting, a space for dialogue to engage with difficult issues as we grapple with such complexities. Through contemporary art, you can directly participate in and support stimulating but much-needed exchange, bringing to light alternative viewpoints and histories, and through your contribution and attendance, develop new insight into the urgent issues facing our societies today. We write to you today and throughout May, to ask you to contribute to our annual appeal.
Our Canadian history, like so many other nations, contains moments considered unacceptable from a contemporary standpoint. Many issues from past actions continue to remain unresolved, so how can you contribute to this essential conversation? CAG has never shied away from dealing with difficult histories. By supporting exhibitions with artists such as Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Gordon Bennett or more recently Aslan Gaisumov’s compelling, People of no consequence, through your generous donations you prompt audiences to consider how communities have been marginalized, connecting our local histories to those globally felt issues that are being addressed as part of our progressive societies. Will you contribute to tackling these issues for future generations by making a contribution to support future exhibitions?
CAG has consistently worked with artists reflecting and representing our various communities, including presentations by Jeneen Frei Njootli and Rabih Mroué, and your support is crucial in providing a platform for these essential stories to be shared. A Harlem Nocturne, our current exhibition with artist Deanna Bowen, examines Vancouver’s cultural past by asking questions about the dialogue surrounding Black Canadian experience. She revisits an often painful history revealing people and places that were highly visible—both in terms of admiration and vilification—yet whose current experiences are overlooked today. Will you help reclaim our diverse histories by making a gift today?
The Contemporary Art Gallery has the capacity and networks to deftly present exhibitions and public programming raising questions that face our society today. You enable progressive conversations to happen contributing to benefit an active and healthy society. However we rely on the generosity of you – our members, donors and greater community – in order to achieve this. Your donation today will allow programming that engages conversations concerning issues that impact us all to remain free and available to everyone.
Please consider making a gift to CAG today.