We achieve our mission in three ways. We fund, we curate, and we engage.
Smith Foundation Endowment
The Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists established a permanent endowment fund whose increasing annual revenues ensure the success and viability of Artists for Kids and their programs and support the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in perpetuity. The Vancouver Foundation, Canada's largest community foundation, manages our endowment. Our goal is to reach $5 million by 2019, to sustain our mission well into the future.
Artists for Kids Educational Programming
Artists For Kids (AfK), North Vancouver School District's widely acclaimed program, was established in 1989. AfK provides over 5,000 young artists each year with art enrichment program opportunities. We are proud to support AfK through annual giving and partnering with the AfK team through fundraising events, scholarships, and Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art operations. With the help of our loyal patrons, the Smith Foundation has contributed over 3 million dollars to our community partner Artists For Kids since 2002, supporting over 55,000 young artists to pursue their passion for the arts. To learn more about Artists For Kids please visit their website.
Fundraising and Special Events
The Smith Foundation hosts several fundraising events each year. Our two main events are our Gala and Spring Luncheon. All of the funds raised through our special events go to support our efforts and build our Endowment Fund. We are always looking for event sponsors. Learn more about the benefits of support.
Exhibitions at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art is a space where education is seen not as an after-thought to curation, but as the purpose of each step we take. To ensure this the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation for Young Artists and Artists for Kids work collaboratively to program the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art.
AfK Collection Exhibitions
From October to May selections from the Artists for Kids (AfK) Collection exhibit for school groups, families and the general public. Works from the collection are chosen that share a common theme and speak to important art historical, social, cultural, political or environmental issues in a way that is accessible, sparks great conversation and encourages significant interaction with Canadian art.
The Smith Foundation in the Gallery
Each Summer the Smith Foundation curates and produces:
- Seasonal exhibitions for all audiences;
- Programs featuring docent-led gallery tours and behind-the-scenes tours;
- Artist and curator talks and symposia with leading professionals in the field;
- Publications which introduce insightful and provocative thinking about Canadian art.
Essential to all of our exhibitions is our unique approach to curation and programming. We provide spaces for contemporary Canadian art to engage, amaze, and inspire our communities. We develop and deliver exceptional programming for all our major exhibitions, to connect our audience with the art, beyond the exhibition. Programming includes panel discussions, artist talks, workshops and performances, family days, and docent tours.
To date over 18,000 youth and community members have participated in our programs, and this number continues to grow.
Our Public Programs have included: