This year for Giving Tuesday, the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) is raising funds towards the purchase of books for the library at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario. As an educational organization, the AGB acknowledges and supports the efforts of the library to be a site where everyday knowledge, experiences, and literacies are valued.
The Grand Valley Institution for Women’s Library is an information centre that addresses individuals’ needs for recreational, cultural, spiritual, educational, and informative materials. The purpose of the library in a federal institution is to meet the needs of the correctional community by providing an essential service that emulates the public library model, with free and equitable access to a wide range of ideas, information, and perspectives.
The campaign is part of the current exhibition How to Read a Vessel to recognize the discussions on institutions, language, and criminalization contained within the project and in support of the collaborative, advocacy work artist Shaya Ishaq does to disseminate resources and build solidarity between librarians, supporters, and those incarcerated.
Image credit: Shaya Ishaq, Containing worlds within worlds, Art Gallery of Burlington installation detail, 2021. Seating and mural, Courtesy of the artist. Curated by Su-Ying Lee, The Hero as a Bottle: A Stringent Re-evaluation program as part of the How To Read a Vessel exhibition September 2021 – January 2022
Photo credit: Yuula Benivolski