As a non-profit educational institute, the generous support of corporate, foundation and individual donors is critical in sustaining our activities and operations. We invite you to learn more about supporting the Visual Arts Centre:
- Ways to Support the VAC
- Funding Priorities
- A Case for Support: Why donate to the VAC?
- How to Donate
- Privileges of Membership
- Donor Recognition
A tax receipt is issued upon receipt of a donation.
Charitable Registration No. 03397158-22-08
Ways to Support the VAC:
Thank you for considering the VAC in your philanthropic plans. Your gift can be made in a number of different ways:
Annual Gifts: Our Annual Campaign each spring allows donors to support us regularly year after year. Gifts given on an annual basis may be designated for a variety of areas (see Funding Priorities) or you can allow VAC to determine where your donation can have the greatest impact for that year.
Endowments: Large donations are often designated to our interest earning endowment fund. We are especially appreciative of endowed gifts as the principal earns interest that helps ensure we can continue to offer accessible and excellent arts education into the future.
Gifts in Kind: Gifts of equipment, property, art, books, etc. are important means of supporting the VAC. Donors wishing to make an in-kind gift are asked to contact Victoria LeBlanc at 514-488-9558 to determine if the gift can be utilized by the Centre.
Legacy Gifts: A legacy gift or planned gift is a charitable donation given during a donor’s lifetime or made available to the VAC in the future, often through a will or Bequest. If you would like to discuss making a legacy gift to the VAC, please contact Victoria LeBlanc, Executive Director at 514-488-9558.
General Program Funding: Donating to general program funding gives the VAC the financial stability to continue to offer the highest level of arts education at an affordable level. Our mission is to make arts education accessible while keeping student to teacher ratio low in order to provide the most rewarding learning environment possible.
Communtiy Outreach: The VAC’s Outreach Program offers community based art classes to at risk youth and teens throughout the city at no cost. Our goal is to reach those who might otherwise not have the chance to participate in the visual arts. Providing a safe and nurturing environment, participants are encouraged to develop their creativity and self-expression which in turn builds self-esteem. Projects are dependant on receiving adequate funding.
Building & Equipment Fund:
The VAC is fortunate to own its own facility. However constant maintenance, renovation and upgrading is costly; as a non-profit organization, we have launched successful fundraising campaigns to undertake such major projects as a new roof, ventilation, 40 new energy efficient windows, etc. Targeting your donation to the ongoing upkeep of our building is one way to ensure the Centre’s continuing success.
Bursary Program: The VAC provides financial assistance to people of all ages who display a sincere interest in taking a course but are unable to afford the fee. Offering this opportunity is important; research shows that increased access to arts education helps build self-esteem, improve problem solving skills and better a person’s quality of life.
A Case For Support:
We believe the making of art is a vital human activity, a way of finding joy, understanding ourselves and the world around us. Art contributes significantly to the well being of our citizens and our society.
We make art accessible to almost 4000 students a year, day, evening, weekdays and weekends. Our School of Art offers over 320 courses annually. We employ over 50 Montreal artists part time.
We are the only independent school in Montreal where students can study art from beginner to advanced levels outside the context of a non-degree program.
Our McClure Gallery has earned a respected place in the minds and hearts of Montreal artists and art-lovers for its inspiring and high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications, poetry readings and musical gatherings. We nurture culture in every way.
Our Outreach Programme brings art into the community to those who might otherwise not participate in the arts: teens at risk, youth with learning disabilities or intellectual challenges, community centres and inner city schools.
We are a thriving cultural community where people gather for creative engagement, friendship, inspiration and a life long learning experience.
How to Donate:
You can print and complete our Donation Card and mail or fax it to the VAC or you can call with a credit card donation.
Visual Arts Centre, 350 Victoria Avenue, Westmount, Quebec H3Z2N4
Tel: 514-488-9558 Fax: 514-488-7075
We thank you for your support.
Privileges of Membership
- Free entry to lectures and special events
- Invitations to openings in the McClure Gallery
- Regular mailings of course calendars, lectures, seminars
- Income tax receipt for your donation
- Vote at annual general meeting of members
The Visual Arts Centre acknowledges donor support through our publications, at recognition events such as the Director’s Preview, on our website and on our donor plaque.