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Friday January 11th, 2013

Posted at 4:34pm

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The Art Gallery of Windsor has completed the sale of its building on Riverside Drive West to the City of Windsor and entered into a 49-year gratis lease.

The gallery will now be relieved of ongoing responsibilities they had due to the rising utility costs and capital expenses related to the facility maintenance.  In this new agreement, the Gallery will remain a fully autonomous organization with its own governance, staff, art collection, and separate lease spaces including their premium Canadian Heritage ‘Category A’ designated exhibition galleries and on-site collection storage.

Catharine Mastin,Director of the Art Gallery of Windsor says that the process of recalling CUPE staff members into a new operating model central to the Gallery’s core purpose has been completed and the Gallery is now comprised of 7 full-time and 3 part-time employees for a total of 8.5 full-time equivalent positions including both CUPE members and management.

The gallery states that the most significant change to the new operating model is the result of the City of Windsor now being responsible for building operations and maintenance.  The gallery and its staff will now be focused on the exhibition and publishing program, collections care, interpretation and growth, and public educational programming.

They say that fundraising will continue to be a critical component of its success as it has always been since the Gallery was first formed in 1943 and in the weeks ahead they we will be launching new and renewed fundraising initiatives.

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