The kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park (koac) cordially invites you to join the founders Katie Ohe and Harry Kiyooka, and nationally and internationally renowned contemporary Canadian artists at an Art Auction to raise funds for the completion of koac’s Art Pavilion.
The evening will be a unique opportunity to obtain out- standing works of art from a truly impressive roster of internationally and nationally recognized artists, and we hope you get a chance to meet them personally and to enjoy a night of artistically infused celebrations.
The funds we generate from the art auction will help us complete the final architectural design and con-struction of the future Art Pavilion. The Art Pavilion is the first, and most important, step towards the completion of the kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park as a world-class, interactive visual arts institution and creative laboratory dedicated to the research, education, promotion and exhibition of the best in Canadian and international contemporary art for all communities.
To establish the Centre, Katie and Harry donated their 20-acres Springbank property, their art collection, library/archives, personal works, and a generous endowment fund. Their motivation was simple and humble: to give back to the community by preserving their land and a unique ecosystem intact, by promoting the local cultural identity through increased participation in Calgary vibrant arts scene, and by contributing to the cultural enrichment and community pride of the city.
the kiyooka ohe arts centre’s vision
Harry Kiyooka’s and Katie Ohe’s vision is to develop and establish a world-class, visual arts centre and sculp- ture park that encourages and inspires creativity in a tranquil, natural forest and wetlands habitat. koac will be a permanent cultural legacy for the communities of Springbank, Rocky View County, the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta. koac will offer a dynamic envi-ronment for the academic research, art education, and for the promotion and exhibition of the best in Canadian and international contemporary art.
the kiyooka ohe arts centre’s mission
The kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park (koac) will be the first visual arts centre in Alberta exclusively dedicated to promote the best in Canadian and international contemporary art. Envisioned to primarily showcase art in nature, the Centre will feature the only sculpture park and botanical gardens west of Ontario. Its art pavilion will house cutting edge exhibitions, symposia and art education programmes. The Centre will operate as a creative art laboratory that fosters experi-ential and interdisciplinary learning for all communities through an outreach program with artists in residence, and by supporting broad, scholarly-researched exhibitions and public programs in partnership with other arts institutions. Once completed, the kiyooka ohe arts centre + sculpture park will become a local forum where the entire Calgary community will come together. Internationally, it will place Calgary ahead of many and on par with the best arts destinations of the world for visitors and artists.
We would be honoured to have you join us April 7th, at Hotel Arts.