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Press Release: 2013-02-11


Topics to include impo​rtance of arts and culture for a vibrant city and the current exhibition The Rock Carvings of Dazu, China

Kitchener, ON – THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener is pleased to be hosting Olivia Chow to speak and interact with the audience the afternoon of Sunday, March 3rd.
Chow, an artist before becoming a politician, still paints occasionally and studied fine arts at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and philosophy and religion at the University of Toronto. In 1979, she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from the University of Guelph.
Inspired by Ms. Chow’s presentation at the Canadian Museums Association Conference last spring , David Marskell, the CEO of THEMUSEUM is excited that this community will have the chance to hear her talk of the importance of arts and culture as a big component to becoming a vibrant city. “I am thrilled to host the person who, at Canadian Parliament, represents the riding which includes some of Canada’s largest cultural facilities, namely the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). I believe her intent is to share a cultural message and emphasize its relevance for communities of all sizes.”
Ms. Chow will also tour the current exhibition, Treasures of China featuring the Dazu Rock Carvings, and speak about it in relation to her own heritage, drawing on the importance of cultural collaboration.
The speech is included free with regular Museum admission and also includes Treasures of China and ONE LOVE | The Bob Marley Exhibition. To secure a seat patrons are urged to buy their tickets in advance online or in person at
All proceeds will go to support THEMUSEUM’s operations. The public address will begin in THEMUSEUM’s Atrium at 2:00PM and will be followed by a question and answer period. 

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