The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a cultural platform that engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in a vibrant dialogue exploring critical ideas and concerns of our time.

As a Jewish organization, we value – and aim to foster – social justice, equality and inclusiveness while nurturing a passion for learning and understanding. We position Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices to examine complex issues in a respectful, constructive way. We accomplish this through exhibitions, performances, discussions, publications and digital initiatives.

These principles support the Koffler’s engagement with the best contemporary creative minds in producing and presenting art that provides common ground for experiences shaping our shared cultural life and defining our social values.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts acknowledges that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We pay respect and honour their histories, traditions and continuous living cultures, and commit to accountability, respectful relations and friendship. In particular, the Koffler is committed to regularly showcasing Indigenous artists and writers in our gallery and public programs; hiring Indigenous staff members, arts professionals and interns; and working in partnership with Indigenous-led organizations to actively promote collaboration and reconciliation.

Image at top: Art Spiegelman, 2015. Photo: Ruth Titus/Koffler Centre of the Arts.