Thursday, February 22, 2024

Victoria Arts Council seeks donations to build wheelchair ramp at gallery


The Victoria Arts Council (VAC) is hoping to make their Old Town gallery accessible to all, and they’re asking the public for help.

Located at 1800 Store Street, the gallery is currently accessible with a temporary ramp.

Through a new partnership with the Garth Homer Society and HME Mobility and Accessibility and a fundraiser, the VAC is hoping to make accessibility a permanent fixture.

“We opened our gallery in Old Town nearly three years ago and one of the major obstacles of the space was how we would ensure that all artists and audiences would be able to visit us and to experience the various exhibits we offer throughout the year,” stated Kegan McFadden, VAC Executive Director.

The fundraising campaign, titled “Ramp it Up,” aims to raise $8,000 for the cost of the ramp installation.

Reward incentives are being offered for different donation levels, including taxable receipts and inclusion on a donor plaque for all amounts over $50.

Memberships, works of art and a pair of hosted dinners for four hosted by McFadden and VAC President Paul McNair are on offer for higher amounts.

The Ramp it Up campaign has been running since November and has raised $3,900 as of February 18.

Artist Amber Rainshadow says that the temporary ramp helped individuals with disabilities see showings at the gallery, but a permanent solution would be more ideal.

“Being a person with a disability, there are many places that pose a lot of difficulty in terms of access,” said Rainshadow.

“One of those is local art galleries and this is frustrating because I am an artist myself and would love the opportunity to explore my art on more art gallery walls.”

Donations to the Ramp it Up campaign can be made online through GoFundMe.

Tim Ford
Tim Ford
Digital staff writer with Victoria Buzz

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