2017 Impact Report
Glenbow Donor Impact Report: Volume 1, Winter 2017
A Year to Remember: Celebrating Glenbow's 50th Anniversary
Over the course of the last year, Glenbow celebrated 50 years of introducing new generations to art and culture - a significant milestone in a young city like Calgary. In addition to recognizing our impact on audiences, we took some time to appreciate the fact that over those 50 years, Glenbow has launched or supported the careers of hundreds of artists, teachers, writers and cultural professionals, having an indelible impact on the cultural life of Calgary and even Canada.
Our 2016 feature exhibitions helped clarify what it means to be a new kind of art museum in Calgary. We are broadening understanding of Canadian art with exhibitions like Embracing Canada: from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven and 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group. We are furthering awareness and appreciation of local artists with projects like the three-part One New Work series. That exhibition series also furthered our goal to exhibit contemporary art that breaks new ground along with the critically acclaimed exhibition First Person: Contemporary Indigenous Portraiture. Most of all, we are activating Glenbow's collection in transformative ways: Glenbow At 50: A Pop-Up Exhibition of 50 Extraordinary Works of Art brought in over 5,000 visitors in a whirlwind week (regular weekly attendance is around 1,500 -2,000 people) and of course, local fashion designer Paul Hardy's visually stunning Kaleidoscopic Animalia exhibition juxtaposed hundreds of objects from our collection with contemporary fashion and design.
From the monthly Free First Thursday Night access program (which brought in over 22,000 visitors to Glenbow in addition to our regular yearly attendance), to our fifth annual Schmancy fundraising gala (which was our most successful ever), our gallery spaces have been lively and full of people having a great time throughout the year.
None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our many donors, sponsors and supporters. Thank you for your commitment to ensuring that Glenbow remains a key cultural cornerstone, and to making our 50th year a special one.
Looking Forward: Glenbow in 2017
In 2017, we will continue to grow our audiences and raise Glenbow's profile as a nationally significant art museum.
To mark Canada's sesquicentennial, our 2017 exhibitions and programs will focus on Canadian art and artists. Highlights will include artist Kent Monkman's response to Canada 150; Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience and the much-anticipated Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries.
Glenbow is uniquely positioned to lead the way in Indigenous education programs in Alberta. We have hired five Blackfoot and one Cree educator to position ourselves as the primary resource for authentic, first-person expertise. This initiative is in response to changes in the Alberta Curriculum, the Truth and Reconciliation Report and the federal adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our educators are cultural knowledge keepers who will share their history and culture with the tens of thousands of students and their teachers who will visit Glenbow in 2017.
We have embarked on an ambitious plan to transform our exhibition galleries and visitor spaces, a project that will ensure the museum offers inspiring experiences to everyone who comes through our doors in the next 50 years. You can expect to hear more about this project in the months to come.
A New Way to Get Involved in the Future of Glenbow
Glenbow donors are a special group of people who believe in the importance of art and culture and the role that Glenbow plays in a vibrant, connected and engaged city. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Art Patrons Council: a group of visionary supporters who believe in helping Glenbow fulfill our mission every day in three key areas of: Great Exhibitions, Engaging School Programs, and Community Access initiatives.
The Art Patrons Council will provide ongoing, sustainable revenue to Glenbow so that we can continue to build on these three pillars and increase our impact in Calgary. If you would like to find out more about the Art Patrons Council, please don't hesitate to contact Glenbow's Director of Development, Christopher Petrik, at 403.268.4208
Donor Profile: Phyllis Konrad
Phyllis Konrad exemplifies philanthropy. She personifies the passion Glenbow inspires in people. Her involvement with Glenbow spans nearly 40 years and her impact has been nothing short of immeasurable. She has held key positions on the Glenbow Board of Governors where she was a member of the Development Committee, the Collections and Access Committee, the Schmancy Committee and Chair of the Governance Committee. She was also a founding member and President of the Glenbow Museum Acquisitions Society and in September 2016 was appointed as a Fellow of the Glenbow-Alberta Institute. Phyllis ensures that Glenbow staff feel valued for their hard work through the Joe Konrad Continuous Contribution Staff Award and the Phyllis Konrad Leadership Award. Phyllis's commitment of time as well as her significant monetary support been invaluable; her contributions have been essential in making Glenbow the cultural cornerstone it is today.
In addition to her work at Glenbow, Phyllis has been actively involved in her community. From her past roles as the Treasurer, Secretary and President of the Calgary Region Arts Foundation to being a founding member of the Calgary Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, her past volunteer positions with the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums and the World Federation of Friends of Museums, her impact has been felt at Glenbow and throughout the broader community.
Though her term on the Board of Governors has recently come to an end, Phyllis remains dedicated to Glenbow and has certainly left her mark, a meaningful legacy for which Glenbow is grateful.
We are delighted that Phyllis will continue to be involved with Glenbow over the next few years, as she has recently committed to becoming one of the initial members of Glenbow's new Art Patrons Council.
Your Support Matters at Glenbow
Glenbow achieves the most when we work with our community, our supporters, donors and all of our stakeholders to create accessible, meaningful and memorable experiences for our visitors. In our mission to have a genuine impact in our community, Glenbow is supported by a multitude of incredible partners and we rely on the valued support we receive from people like you. As we move ahead into our next 50 years, we are immensely grateful for the support, advocacy and participation that thrives in Calgary.
The impact you have through your support is fundamental to Glenbow's success. Thank you for helping us make our vision of more people experiencing art and culture more often a reality.