Harry & KatieFounders of the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre
Harry and Katie believe in giving back to the community at large and the friends and family who supported their careers.
Hence their establishing of the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre (KOAC)
The KOAC is not only their cultural legacy but a fulfillment for a lifetime as teachers and artists dedicated to the education, creation and the promotion of contemporary art.
The land was purchased by Harry and Katie in 1973 and they have been living there since 1978. Their vision for a Centre fostering contemplation and creativity, and for promoting and experiencing contemporary art through exhibitions, research, lectures, symposia, workshops, and residencies includes the donation of the property, residence, artist studios and facilities to the KOAC Society – of which they are lifetime Board members. In the near future, as the Centre becomes operational, they will complete transferring to the Society their personal works, their art collection and endowment funds for operational purposes.
Harry and Katie’s entire personal ‘oeuvre’ of paintings and sculptures and their extensive and valuable international and Canadian contemporary art collection will form the core of the artwork display at the Centre.
B.Ed, BFA, MA, MFA, RCA
Dip. ACA, LLD, RCA
The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre was incorporated in 2007 and received CRA charitable society designation in 2010. Since then, the Centre has improved the property’s infrastructure, increased the protection of the wetlands, changed the land use designation and finalized the design of a future arts Pavilion.
In the video below Katie and Harry explain, better than anyone else, the significance of their gift and the scope of the project.