For Immediate Release – June 20, 2024

London, ON - Museum London is delighted to announce a newly developed curatorial role made possible in part thanks to a two-year commitment from TD Bank Group (TD). The funding from TD will support the TD Curator of Collections position, which is designed specifically for an emerging professional from a traditionally under-represented community.

With recruitment underway now and an expected start date of fall 2024, the TD Curator of Collections will work alongside Museum London’s staff team to undertake research into the context of Southwestern Ontario and activate the Museum’s unique art and material culture collections. As part of their work, the new curator will have a mandate to explore some of these questions: what are the under-acknowledged stories that should be told? What are the gaps in the Museum’s collections that need to be addressed? What communities should be better represented? How can artists, historians, storytellers, songwriters, and cultural producers of all kinds use the collection as a springboard for their own work to create new knowledge?  

“This is a thrilling, transformational opportunity at a pivotal time. This donation from TD will benefit an emerging professional from an equity-deserving group, help ML realize commitments and strategic goals, and positively impact the diverse and growing communities we serve who have changing needs and expectations,” says Julie Bevan, Executive Director at Museum London. Providing mentorship for emerging talent, expanding networks and building relationships, and creating space for new voices are at the heart of the project.

“TD is proud to support the TD Curator of Collections position at Museum London. Through the TD Ready Commitment, our corporate citizenship platform, we strive to help create opportunities for emerging professionals from communities facing barriers to the sector to navigate and develop their careers," said Stuart Keeler, Senior Art Curator, TD Bank Group. "This new position will help amplify diverse voices and create space for collaboration, storytelling, and meaningful connections through art amongst artists, curators, and audiences across the region."

Museum London is a leading art and history resource that connects communities, inspires change, challenges ways of thinking, and ignites creativity towards a more just world. Located at the forks of the Deshkan Ziibi / Thames River, Museum London sits in a place that has been a site of convergence, exchange, and interconnection for thousands of years on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron.

Grounded in the rich cultural, artistic, and historical legacies of Southwestern Ontario, we co-create, reflect, and interpret ideas and stories rooted here, share them widely, and bring important artistic knowledge from other places to London to benefit local audiences. Through exhibitions, our vast collections of art and artifacts, public and school programs for learners of all ages, and memorable special events, we nurture curiosity, creativity, and empathy, and build community to shape a more vibrant city.

Museum London is funded by the City of London, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, by generous corporate partners, and many passionate individuals.  

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