ST. ALBERT, ALTA. — The Art Gallery of St. Albert’s barrier-free renovation project is getting a boost from the federal government.
Approximately $389,201 in funding for the project was announced which is expected to make the exhibitions at the gallery more accessible for all.
The investment will allow the art gallery to build a wheelchair ramp at the entrance, providing greater access to the new gallery. Additionally, the gallery will install an elevator to provide full access to all three levels of the building, along with a 980-square-foot addition to the second floor, creating more gallery space.
The Art Gallery of St. Albert is a contemporary public art gallery that has been operating out of the historic Banque d’Hochelaga building since 2000.
The building is a 5,150-square-foot commercial structure situated in the heart of St. Albert’s historic downtown, explains a release. It was built in the 1920s with additions in 1955 and 1966 and received municipal historic resource designation in 2009.
Funding for the project is provided through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund which supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, as well as the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment, adds the release.