Agnes receives Human Rights Initiative Award

26 January 2023

Agnes has been selected to receive the 2022 Human Rights Initiative Award, one of the renowned Tri-Awards, through the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen’s University! This award is given annually in recognition of initiatives that have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of equality and human rights.

Agnes is recognized as “a leader in cultural change that deepens relationships with Indigenous and racialized persons and advances social justice” says the Human Rights Equity Office. Agnes has “elevated community engagement, reflected in its on-site programs and robust online profile as well as its active exchange and partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. Agnes is also praised for her “outstanding efforts in bringing in artists who accelerate the impact of the gallery’s vision and mission.”

“This award is very meaningful for Agnes,” says Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator. “We believe that art institutions must further the work of social justice and serve an civic function that extends their impact beyond the arts. It is also heartening to be recognized for our work with artists, who we believe are at the forefront of systemic societal change!”

The annual Tri-Awards celebrate the achievements of Queen’s community members in the areas of employment equity, human rights, and accessibility and reinforce the importance of the work being done toward making Queen’s a more inclusive and welcoming place. The presentation of this year’s awards takes place on 8 May 2023.

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