2023 President’s Annual Report
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Right the Future

Transformative Joan and Martin Goldfarb Gallery of York University set to open in June 2024

The Joan and Martin Goldfarb Gallery of York University (GGYU) will usher in a new era for the arts at York University and York Region. 

The GGYU has been made possible thanks to a generous $6 million donation from long-time York University supporters, Joan and Martin Goldfarb, who donated $5 million in 2019 to establish the gallery, and an additional $1 million gift at the official groundbreaking ceremony in November 2022.  

Led by award-winning international architectural firm Hariri Pontarini, this visionary new building will act as a focal point for the York and Greater Toronto Area art communities. It will enhance access to and expand student learning and research collaboration opportunities for AMPD and other York faculties. The gallery will also engage in critical work to build ties with diverse local and global artists and arts organizations. It will provide an inclusive and welcoming space for students, staff, faculty and the community to imagine and be inspired.  

With renowned curator Jenifer Papararo at the helm, the GGYU will invigorate the University’s collection, enhance support and mentorship to artists, and create opportunities for engagement and dialogue.