On February 18, 2016 I had the honour of cutting the ribbon at the new Chimczuk Museum in downtown Windsor, officially opening this incredible facility to our citizens and visitors.
The Chimczuk Museum is a premier destination that houses permanent exhibits on the history of the Windsor area, the Original People’s Culture and Legacy, and the development of our City. There’s a Children’s Gallery and Learning Space that pops with innovative hands-on activities, bold colours, and artifacts to inspire wonder in the imaginations of our citizens — of all ages – for generations to come.
The new museum is one of three sites that comprise Museum Windsor. Its partner sites include the Maison François Baby House downtown, and the Duff-Baby Interpretation Centre in Sandwich Town.
This newest addition to a cultural hub growing in our City’s core represents the realized dream of Joseph Chimczuk, who wanted an appropriate venue to share our rich history; and the councillors, staff, consultants, builders, designers, historians, volunteers, and public partners who share that dream helped to give it life.
This also represents the next step in a vision to develop an arts and culture corridor.
It is a vision that began with a question: how can the City of Windsor champion the arts, celebrate culture, and showcase heritage NOW?
It is a vision that began with a desire to ensure that when we finish work or school, and have dealt with the demands of our lives, there is something special waiting: an exhibit, a gallery, a theatrical production, a stellar meal . . . an experience!
I asked myself what we are doing, as a City, to realize that vision today.
The answers came quickly.
The City of Windsor recognizes the important role of arts, culture and heritage to our City’s growth and development, and invests in the infrastructure needed to support and showcase our creative community.
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