We conceived the Centre as a non-profit public arts centre dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual arts.

The Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre and Sculpture Park has a simple proposition: to give back to the community by establishing a contemporary arts facility dedicated to the artist and to the aesthetic experience of, exclusively, contemporary art. Through increased participation in Calgary’s arts and cultural offerings, we will help create a local cultural identity and contribute to Calgary’s cultural enrichment and community pride. The Centre will enhance the overall quality of life of our community, safeguard its pristine environment, and help recognize the role of culture as an economic driver.

Also, we hope to contribute to the development of a more cohesive arts community in Calgary by increasing audiences and support for the arts and by providing new opportunities for more offerings.

As Katie put it, what we seek is “to bring a lifestyle, a fusion of the experience of what art is… where people can come and mingle with the art, but also, for artists, to sit and contemplate life, retreat and find inspiration in our future sculpture botanic garden, wetlands and woods sanctuary.”