A visitor enjoys one of the many scenes at the Biodome in Montreal, Feb. 20, 2013. It may be one of the many places open to Syrian refugee families in April.
Photo Credit: CP / Graham Hughes

Syrian refugees welcomed at museums and galleries free

Syrian refugees will get a warm welcome in many of Canada’s cultural institutions with free admission beginning in April.

The Canada Council for the Arts has created a fund to help newly arrived Syrian refugees get familiar with their new home.

The $200,000 fund will support arts organizations that would like to provide free access for refugees to a performance, exhibition or arts event in their communities.

“arts and culture can be a refuge, a celebration of diversity, and source of inspiration and connection”

In making the announcement in mid-December, 2015, Simon Brault, Director & CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts, said, “We know the welcome and integration of refugees is a highly complex and multifaceted process, and this initiative is one modest piece of much broader collective and national efforts. We also know that arts and culture can be a refuge, a celebration of diversity, and source of inspiration and connection. Our message on behalf of the arts community to newcomers is ‘welcome, we are so happy to have you in our communities, we welcome you to our spaces, performances and events when you are ready.’”

The two-year initiative will be provided by the national arts funding agency and Sun Life Financial.

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One comment on “Syrian refugees welcomed at museums and galleries free
  1. Disgusted says:

    I am permanently disabled from an accident as well as cancer. My disability pension is a % of earnings from 1999 and isn’t adjusted for inflation. I haven’t been to a play, museum, science center, etc, since the last century. Inadequate health care, poverty, lack of housing, education cut to the bone, etc., is what millions live with here. In his relentless quest for attention, JT has rolled out the red carpet, broken all the rules, and lied about all aspects of this project. Not 100 million $, not thoroughly vetted – they didn’t even know how big families were, “Cream of the crop of educated professionals” turned out to mean 90-95% never got as far as high school or never finished and a great many are illiterate even in Arabic, “Most will already speak English or French” turns out to be less than 5%. Average family size is 6 and some have 12 kids. Almost 70% of the total are kids that must have expensive additional support in schools, yet NOW money is no object. Just for this group though, no refugees, immigrants, Indigenous, or marginalized Canadians get any of these perks. Uneducated/illiterate/non Eng/Fr speaking parents (even with 2 parents working) will never be able to support big families in Canada and will be on welfare for decades. Many are already complaining about the food, hotels, apartments not nice enough, expecting houses with yards, instant free language lessons, free education, all furniture, clothes, kitchen stuff donated, free phones, tvs & laptops, more money, free everything + drivers to take them everywhere – also free. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN when they are in the crummy housing with little $ and zero freebies? You have now created an unreachable level of expectation and set them up for failure and misery. Citizens are angry!