The Koffler Centre of the Arts has a strong history of 40 years of excellence and innovation in arts and culture. Established in 1977 as part of the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre to enrich the cultural life of the city through arts education and exhibitions, the Koffler has grown to inspire and enlighten the Jewish community as well as the broader public of Toronto and beyond. On July 1, 2009, the Koffler was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit charitable organization.
Over its 40-year history, the Koffler has offered a rich array of programmatic, education and learning programs, including exhibitions of contemporary art, literary programs, art classes, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and theatre performances. The Koffler also serves public and private school students and their teachers through Koffler Gallery exhibition tours and workshops.
From 1980 to 2009, the Koffler Gallery was located in its own dedicated space at the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre (Bathurst and Sheppard). The Gallery moved its programming off-site in 2009 when the BJCC was redeveloped into Sherman Campus. The Koffler’s multidisciplinary programs continued around the greater Toronto area during this time.
In 2013, after five years of off-site programs, the Koffler Centre of the Arts opened its administrative offices and the new Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace in downtown Toronto. The Artscape Youngplace facilities showcase Koffler Gallery exhibitions, public programs, expanded school and education programs, as well as Koffler cross-disciplinary programs – literary events, theatre readings and performances, concerts, workshops and more.