As we reflect on the close of 2008, there is really only one sentiment to express on the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario: together, the staff, volunteers, donors, members and friends of the AGO did something special. It will be a gift that lasts for a long time to come. Together we have truly realized this project for our visitors. As we went through planning and construction, it was the visitor that we did not yet know that we kept foremost in our minds … the young child, or the retired bus driver, who will come to the AGO and discover a whole new way to think about the world. That’s who we did this for, even as we created something that makes our city a better place. The year ahead will be filled with challenges. But challenging times make the idea of community all the more important, and that’s what I hope the new AGO will stand for – a magical place that brings the community together in celebration of art, creativity and imagination. Over the holidays I hope all will enjoy the special times with family, and have a little more fun than you planned. And visit the AGO, truly the home you have built, brick by brick, titanium sheet by titanium sheet!
Michael and Sonja Koerner director and CEO