Women's Committee

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Women's Committee

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Other form(s) of name

  • Volunteer Committee (1974-1998)

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Formed by Lady Kemp in 1945 at the request of the Art Gallery of Toronto’s (now the Art Gallery of Ontario) President of the Council, the Women’s Committee’s initial function was to foster interest in the Art Gallery of Toronto, promote membership, and host fundraising activities. This distinguished volunteers on the Women’s Committee from others present at the AGO in this period, which included volunteer docents and other roles within the galleries. The Committee reported directly to the AGT’s governing council and was comprised of some of Toronto’s most prominent women. Over the years, the Committee managed many projects and was comprised of the following sub-committees: Education, Art Rental, Membership, Gallery Shop, Grange Restoration, Purchasing, Men’s Luncheon, Exhibitions, House, Communications, and Nominations.

In 1974, the Women’s Committee was renamed the Volunteer Committee in an attempt to be more inclusive and reach out to more members. No other significant changes were made to the Committee otherwise.

The Women’s Committee was disbanded in 1998, when their functions were taken on by paid staff. A new volunteer committee was established to oversee the work of docents.


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Related entity

Junior Women's Committee (1950-1998)

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Junior Women's Committee is the subordinate of Women's Committee

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The Junior Women's Committee reported to the Women's Committee. Members of the Women's Committee mentored members of the Junior Women's Committee

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Art Gallery of Ontario (1900-)

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Art Gallery of Ontario controls Women's Committee

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The Women's Committee reported to the Council and Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario

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created by Marilyn Nazar October 2, 2019




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