The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham supports the Varley Art Gallery which is located in historic Unionville in Markham and which serves as a vital cultural hub forthe whole Greater Toronto Area. Through our fundraising efforts and our investments, we are able to provide financial assistance to the Varley Art Gallery to enhance their strong visual arts program. These funds are put toward art acquisitions, the conservation of the art collection, educational programming and exhibition research. We also provide additional support through the administration of a volunteer program to help strengthen the Varley’s programs and events.
In mid-March 2020, the Varley Art Gallery had to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extended closure resulted in loss of revenue normally received through program registration, memberships and venue rentals. This summer, the Varley responded to requests from the community for participation in art activities -- activities to lower anxiety, exercise creative thinking, and provide a tactile experience -- signifying the impact the pandemic has had on the community. The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham proudly provided the financial assistance needed to provide free art activity kits to the community. Although the gallery has since reopened (with modifications and safety guidelines), staffing at the Varley Art Gallery remains drastically reduced, and programs remain unavailable.
By donating to the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, your gift will allow us to provide stronger financial support to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham during these trying times, assisting the gallery with alleviating exhibition and programming expenses.
HOW TO DONATE:
1. Click on the Donate button under the fundraising tracker
2. Click To A Team Or Individual
3. Search for your Team or Individual under Find a campaign, or look for them in the list
4. Click on their fundraising page to Donate
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