Statement on Freedom of Expression
The Koffler Centre of the Arts believes in the power of art as a means of expression that may inspire, illuminate, challenge, and engage. We defend the freedom of artists to create, the freedom of art institutions to exhibit, and the freedom of the public and our audiences to experience such works as a protected right. In accordance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we uphold the right of individuals to freely express opinions and ideas as long as they do not contravene Canadian Human Rights legislation that prohibits discriminatory activities and hate speech.
To exhibit a work of art is not to endorse the work or the vision, ideas, and opinions of the artist. It is to uphold the right of all to experience diverse visions and views. Should controversies arise from the exhibition of a work of art, we welcome and provide forums for public discussion, feedback and debate with the belief that such dialogue is integral to the experience of the art. This is consistent with our fundamental commitment to freedom of arts expression.
Policy Statement on Funding Sources
The Koffler Centre of the Arts is committed to fostering a welcoming space for all artists and members of the public, regardless of their cultural background, religious or political perspectives. In keeping with this commitment, the Koffler does not accept funding, grants, and sponsorships from organizations that are partisan or political in their mandate, activities or public positions, or that place restrictions on the Koffler’s curatorial or artistic content.