A permanent fund supporting arts education will provide a fitting legacy for the late Jann Bailey, a passionate advocate of teaching young children an appreciation of arts and culture.
The fund is now more than halfway towards its goal of $28,000 — honouring Bailey’s 28 years of leading Kamloops Art Gallery — with a challenge issued to the community Tuesday to reach the objective by October, a year after her passing.
“Jann Bailey was a tireless advocate of the arts,” said KAG director Margaret Chrumka. “She was absolutely dedicated to instilling appreciation of the arts in our lives. In particular, she knew that introducing people to the arts at a young age would foster appreciation throughout their lives.”
A $10,000 donation, presented Tuesday by Ron Fawcett, city businessman and philanthropist, brings the fund total to $17,000.
Fawcett was a friend of Bailey’s and recalled how she once alerted him to a Group of Seven painting that came up for auction. The painting was purchased by another Kamlooops buyer and now resides in the gallery’s permanent collection.
“Jann was more than a fundraiser,” he said. “The work she did, particularly with staff, she inspired everybody.”
Bailey will always be remembered, he added. The goal of the legacy fund is to encourage others in the community to live up to her vision.
Plans to honour Bailey’s work have been in place since she died last fall from a viral infection, a complication after a long battle against leukemia.
Bailey began her arts career as an instructor at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont. All donations to the legacy fun will be held in trust with the B.C. Interior Community Foundation, an organization that mattered to Bailey, Chrumka noted.
All donations over $20 will receive a tax deductible charitable receipt. Donations can be made online at www.kag.bc.ca/supportus/donations or by calling the gallery at 250-377-2400, local 0.
Kids creating at Kamloops Art Gallery summer art camp.