BMO Financial Group donates $350,000 to create new lodging facilities for artists in residence at Medalta.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA – On Thursday, April 9, 2015, BMO Financial Group announced a $350,000 donation to Medalta to create new artists lodging facilities on the Historic Medicine Hat Brick & Tile Plant site which was acquired from I-XL Industries in 2011.

“BMO is very pleased to support Medalta with this donation for a renovation to the historic Medicine Hat Brick & Tile Site. Once complete, these facilities will provide lodging for artists from around the world as they come together in a creative community to develop new ideas and share their talents with the public,” said Susan Brown, Senior Vice President, Alberta & NWT Division. “We’re also very proud of our more than 100 year old relationship with the I-XL Group of Companies and the Sissons family who have both played such an important role in enhancing the history and the industrial development of Alberta.

Located in the Historic Clay District, this renovation will contribute to Medalta’s vision of creating a world-class cultural district in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with BMO Financial Group,” said Barry Finkelman, Executive Director of Medalta. “This is a very generous donation that validates the impact Medalta has on arts and culture in Western Canada. It enhances our arts programs, and allows visiting artists even easier access to our first-class facilities.”

Artists come to Medalta from around the world to expand their own art practice, experiment and develop new ideas or bodies of work in flexible, professional studios. The addition of new lodging facilities will help grow Medalta’s artist programming and provide deeper immersion and connections for artists as they connect with one another over their shared passion for art.

The new renovation forms part of Medalta’s larger vision for the Brick & Tile Plant, which is scheduled to open for public tours for the first time on May 16, 2015.

About Medalta

Medalta is an innovative industrial museum, contemporary ceramic arts facility, art gallery and community hub in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Located within a century-old converted factory and Canadian National Historic Site, it has become a place where cutting-edge technologies meet historic preservation and archaeology come together.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America.  The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers.  BMO Financial Group had total assets of approximately $672 billion and more than 47,000 employees at January 31, 2015.

For more information, visuals or interviews, contact:

Quentin Randall
Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator
Medalta, in the Historic Clay District


Kathleen Savage

Media Relations

Corporate Communications

BMO Financial Group

(416) 867-3992


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