Hi! My name is Natasha Ali and I am the new Development Intern at MIA.
After completing my undergraduate in history and art history at the University of Toronto, I decided to seek out a profession within the arts, culture and heritage industry. Currently I am attending Centennial College where I am working toward obtaining a post graduate certificate in cultural and heritage site management. I have been provided with a wonderful opportunity to join the MIA team for the next four months.
Working alongside Lindsay Bontoft, the Development Coordinator and Brittany Holliss, the Digital Assets Coordinator, I will be actively exploring new ways of seeking out prospective donors as well as increasing membership through the promotion of MIA’s collections and exhibitions. With a passion for connecting communities to their local arts and heritage institutions, I hope to generate support for the museum’s “Businesses Make MIA Free” program which will increase the public’s access to understanding Inuit art.
– Posted By: Natasha Ali, MIA’s Development Intern
This year, MIA is really excited to launch a new fundraising program: Adopt an Object!
Supporters of art made by Inuit can now select a piece of the museums Permanent Collection currently on display and symbolically “adopt” that piece for a one year term. MIA’s staff members have selected some of their favourite objects as candidates for adoption based on their unique characteristics, notable history and impressive craftsmanship. Each of these pieces will be highlighted in future blog posts, so be sure to check back in and see our selection.
The ‘Adoption Package’ includes:
- a photograph and description of the piece you have chosen to adopt, which you can proudly display in your home, office or classroom
- names of individuals will be entitled to have their names listed as Adopters on the object labels within the museum space
- recognition on our websites Donors’ page
- name included in the museum’s Annual Report
- invitation to a special cocktail reception to thank all participants for their generous contributions to the museum
- additional programming opportunities are also available upon discussion with the Associate Curator Alysa Procida
All funds raised from this initiative will go directly into the educational programming and continued preservation of MIA’s collection. As a public institution that holds its work in public trust, conservation of the museum’s collection is one of MIA’s top priorities. This is especially true for those objects made out of sensitive materials such as ivory, textile or paper. At the same time, MIA is southern Canada’s only museum devoted exclusively to art made by Inuit, meaning that the museums ability to effectively offer engaging educational programming is crucial. Through the Adopt an Object program, staff hope to acquire resources to help us manage these challenges. This will allow us to continue to educate the public about the art and its conservation.
- Small stone, antler and ivory pieces $150
- Medium stone, antler and ivory pieces $300
- Large stone, antler and ivory pieces $500
- Ceramic pieces $200
- Wall hangings and soft sculpture works $200
- Prints and textile pieces $200
- Prints and Wall hangings made by Master Artists $700
- Sculptures made by Master Artists $1,000
All donors adopting an object will be issues a tax receipt. Rates are established based on the material and size of the artifact being adopted. After the priority works listed above have been adopted, additional opportunities will become available.
We thank all those that choose to support us in this endeavor by adopting an object. It is through the generous contributions of such individuals that we are able to further our mission: “to ethically acquire, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit for the purpose of study, education and enjoyment, material evidence of the history of Inuit art and culture in the Canadian Arctic”.
– Posted by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Visitor Services Officer