Toronto Receives $20m. Gift for Arts Center
Thanks to a $20 million gift from Murray and Marvelle Koffler and family, one of North America’s leading contemporary Jewish cultural institutions, the Koffler Centre of the Arts, will have a new, state-of-the-art facility which will include exhibition galleries; dance, music, visual and digital arts studios; performance and presentation spaces; a bookstore, café and more.
The Koffler Centre will be located on the Sherman Campus, a center of community services currently under development as part of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Tomorrow Campaign. The campus includes the Prosserman Jewish Community Centre, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the Cynamon/Sokolowski Sports Complex, the Lipa Green Centre for Jewish Community Services and the Leah Posluns Theatre.
Established in 1977 by philanthropists Murray and Marvelle Koffler, as the Koffler Gallery and Visual Arts Department of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre, the Koffler Centre of the Arts has grown into a critically acclaimed, multi-disciplinary cultural centre presenting groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary Canadian art; and programs in film, literary, music, dance, and theater that present global and Jewish contemporary culture. The Centre offers over 65 classes a year in music, dance and visual arts for children and adults, and hosts internationally respected visiting artists working in a range of media.