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Canada’s MacKenzie Art Gallery Receives Anonymous $25 Million Donation

The MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, announced that it received two major gifts. A $25 million donation from an anonymous donor—the largest gift in the gallery’s history—will bolster the institution’s endowment. A second, six-figure gift from local collector and philanthropist Lyn Goldman will be split between the MacKenzie’s acquisitions fund and its programming and organizational budget.

“These gifts are truly transformational for the MacKenzie Art Gallery, strengthening our investment in the gallery’s many new initiatives,” said Anthony Kiendl, the museum’s executive director and CEO. He added that the donations come at a “pivotal moment.”

Looking ahead to the MacKenzie’s seventieth anniversary in 2023, the gallery has been focusing on fundraising to grow its collection and upgrade its facilities. It will add a new community program space and a café that will be accessible to visitors to Wascana Park and to the MacKenzie, which will open later this year.

The gifts come on the heels of the appointment earlier this month of John G. Hampton to the newly created position of director of programs. In this role, Hampton will oversee the gallery’s curatorial and education departments.