Museum and gallery advocates weigh in on Crystal Block plan

September 7, 2008 at 11:25 pm 4 comments

Another perspective on the plans to have a Downtown presense for the AGGV and the proposed Children’s museum:

Gallery, museum would enrich city

Times Colonist

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Victoria city council has presented our community with the opportunity for a downtown site for the art gallery and a new children’s museum, a major contribution to public spaces that will make our city more vibrant for years to come.

Councillors considered a number of proposals for our two organizations. They voted unanimously to bring vitality and economic enhancement to our entire region. Cities throughout the world have discovered the value of investing in cultural infrastructure for economic and social benefit.

But the energy brought by cultural organizations extends beyond occupying space; it’s what happens inside that matters. The popular Warhol exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the recent exhibit mounted by the Victoria Children’s Museum — “Go Figure!” — simply whet our appetite.

We share a vision to create a highly used cultural and social space — an environment with rich experiences for Victorians and tourists alike, where children, families, tourists and students all have a place to play, to learn, to engage, every day of the year. Imagine, too, a sculpture garden with outdoor art — like those in Seattle and San Francisco — invigorating the heart of downtown.

What the children’s museum and the art gallery offer is our commitment to public service. Together, we bring an initiative to enhance our community and make it a truly livable city and a highly desirable destination.

Gaby Ostro
Past President
Children’s Museum of Victoria Association

Shirley Madill
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008

Entry filed under: architecture, arts and culture, urban design.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lorne Carnes  |  September 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Rob

    This was an interesting letter to the editor.

    Both groups have been out telling potential contributors that Council has given them Cridge Park. Turns out they were wrong and now have some explaining to do.

    I believe many Victorians support the notion of a downtown AGGV site and are quite prepared to turn over millions of dollars worth of density trade-offs to make it happen.

    Pushing Council to provide an historic park for the building site is counter productive however and will only serve to alienate a good portion of the public.

    Many AGGV supporters have already remarked that the Cridge Park site is less than ideal. Time to abandon this plan and concentrate on building support for a more suitable location, such as the Apex site.

  • 2. robertrandall  |  September 8, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t follow you, Lorne–the idea was that Cridge Park and the bowling green would be consolidated into a single parcel. Gower’s original report details this and other scenarios and I posted them on VibrantVictoria for all to see.

  • 3. Lorne Carnes  |  September 8, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Sorry… Cridge Park includes both the bowling green and treed section. Has for 78 years. Please refer to the map section on the City’s website.

  • 4. robertrandall  |  September 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Yes, I’m aware that they are considered one park but to avoid understandable confusion they are commonly referred to by their constituent components. I don’t believe the AGGV and museum proponents are playing off each other. You seem to imply that they are competing for sole possession of both sites. You need to clarify what you mean.


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