Women’s Art Initiative at the AGO

A community of women supporting women artists

Women artists have been under-represented throughout art history. An insignificant number of works by women artists are held in public art museums and collections; women have been given relatively few major exhibitions; and the related scholarship remains too thin. The AGO believes it’s time for change and we are committed to leading the way. Our goal is to redress the balance through focused support of women artists with an ultimate goal of moving our collection toward parity between women and men. In 2017, the AGO launched Women’s Art Initiative (WAI) in support of our commitment to women artists and their work. Now 50 women strong, WAI brings together a dynamic group of women invested in bringing attention to women artists through exhibition support, collection-building acquisitions, scholarly research and publications.

Participation in WAI is a philanthropic commitment of $15,000, which is payable over three years ($5,000/year) to provide sustainable multi-year funding for the AGO’s program featuring women artists.

The AGO is building on our commitment to women artists. Being part of WAI is an ideal opportunity for donors to make a significant difference.


For more information on Women’s Art Initiative, including annual WAI events and honorary Curators’ Circle membership in recognition of WAI donation, or to become part of this group please contact:

416-979-6660 ext. 6451

The AGO is grateful to Women's Art Initiative for their generous and empowering support of women artists and their work, and extends special thanks to Michelle Koerner for championing this program.

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