“Visit the best, visit the TOM”
Source: The Sun Times
A-rating for Tom Thomson Art Gallery
The TOM has received top marks on a very important report card. The Owen Sound art gallery has earned an A-rating from the Ontario Arts Council, after scoring an excellent on all six qualifiers that make up the provincial organization’s new rating system.The TOM is one of only a few galleries in Ontario to achieve the top rating.
“I think it’s great honour,” director/chief curator Virginia Eichhorn said Sunday in an interview. “It’s really gratifying for all my staff and volunteers who work so hard on everything we do here 365 days a year.”
The A-rating guarantees that the gallery will continue to receive the same amount of funding from the arts council until 2016. About 12% of the gallery’s total revenue comes from the OAC. Galleries that received a score of C or lower face possible funding reductions. The gallery earned top marks in such areas as exhibition quality, leadership, community programming, public impact and long-term financial planning.
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative MP Larry Miller stood up in the Canadian House of Commons Nov. 26 to extend a kudos to the gallery.
“I’m very proud that a small-town gallery like the TOM is showing the big boys how it’s done,” he said in Question Period. Miller invited Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer and all MPs to “visit the best, visit the Tom.”
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker has also extended a congratulations to the gallery, calling it a great community gem that attracts a wide variety of people to the area.“Virginia Eichhorn and her team are to be congratulated for their passion and excellent work in providing an outstanding collection of art as well as programs and services,” he said in a statement.
Mayor Deb Haswell said the TOM is a “key cultural anchor” in Owen Sound and its success is due to “vibrant and engaging exhibitions and programs, its world-class collection and through the outstanding contributions of all the staff and the hundreds of volunteers and artists throughout the decades.”