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Come Home to the WAG

Dear Friends,

This week, the Province of Manitoba released a roadmap to reopening services safely. Galleries, Museums, and Libraries have been permitted to open, effective May 4, 2020. To see a full list of safety measures the WAG is adhering to, check here.

Come home to the WAG for inspiration at a safe distance. The WAG will begin reopening to the public starting Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with the following schedule:

  • May 5 & 6, 10am-8pm – For frontline workers and their families only. As a special thank you for your tireless work, enjoy FREE admission and family activities (1-3pm), generously supported by Canada Life. Keep reading for more details on how to participate.
  • Beginning May 7, 11am-5pm – Open to public, regular Gallery hours resume
  • May 7, 5-8pm – Extended hours for WAG supporters. Not a WAG member? Sign up here

Early access with free Gallery admission is offered to the frontline workers listed below. Please self-identify at our front desk upon entering the building. Thank you for your service!

  • regulated and unregulated health care providers; for example, doctors, nurses, paramedics, personal support workers
  • police officers and members of a police force other than a police officer
  • firefighters and fire protection service workers
  • those working in correctional institutions
  • animal welfare workers
  • those performing work that is essential to the delivery of core services in their communities
  • those working in emergency child care settings
  • critical staff working in abuse prevention
  • staff working in shelters (e.g., serving homeless populations)
  • power workers
  • pharmaceutical and medical supplies and device manufacturing workers
  • teachers and education staff
  • non-municipal water and waste-water employees
  • federally employed staff including Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers and Canada Post employees
  • workers in grocery stores, pharmacies and other frontline retail
  • Winnipeg Transit drivers
  • truck drivers (Driver’s Licence Class A and D) and railway employees
  • workers in the food supply chain, including food processing
  • workers in retirement homes
  • auxiliary workers in health care settings including cooks and cleaning staff in hospitals and long-term care homes
  • interpreters and intervenors
  • additional workers supporting public safety and correctional services
  • telecommunications and IT workers who have been stationed throughout the pandemic
  • communications industry workers including broadcasters for radio and television
  • other workers who have provided services through this pandemic

For those of you who can’t make it in person, you can continue to find art-related content from afar through WAG@Home.

Thank you for your continued support during this unbelievable time. We send our best wishes to you and your family, and look forward to seeing you soon.

Stephen Borys
Director & CEO



16 thoughts on "Come Home to the WAG"

Douglas Ingram says:

Are teachers (and others involved in education) include in this list?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Yes! We will update to include those in education!

Cindy Kelly says:

This is a wonderful way to show appreciation to the many people working in health care and other essential services.

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Thank you for your support Cindy!

mike thwaites says:

what a great idea! my wife and i are both art teachers, and we will definitely be there! We so need this!!

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

We’re excited to welcome you back, Mike!

Aynsley Cockshott says:

Thank you to WAG staff and volunteers for acknowledging front-line workers in this way!

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Thank you for your support, Aynsley!

Laurel Copeland says:

May I ask, will the Maud Lewis exhibit still be on view?

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Hi Laurel, the Maud Lewis exhibit is slated to open in 2021!

John Burrows says:

Thanks for opening up the WAG! The action creates a sense of normality during strange and difficult times. I really enjoyed the Fitzgerald exhibit. My dad had his own commercial art firm for 42 years and had attended the Winnipeg School of Art in the 1940’s.
He remembered Fitzgerald fondly as an instructor and artist.

Winnipeg Art Gallery says:

Thank you for sharing this story John! We’re glad you were able to visit :)

Kurt Schwarz says:

Dear WAG,

Thank you for opening your doors and for making the marvellous artwork available to the public. I especially enjoyed the Fitzgerald exhibit. So proud of his artistic achievements, as a person from Manitoba!

I was impressed with the professionalism of the staff, making sure that the building was safe for all who visited.

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