Support Your Gallery!

The MacLaren is a Sunday afternoon destination for families to work together to create wonderful art projects!
Hands-on art-making opportunities foster creativity, self-esteem and self-confidence
The MacLaren gives children and youth the opportunity to work with artist-instructors who are not only practicing artists but also experienced teachers.
All year long, the MacLaren offers children high-quality art experiences through VanGo (our signature programme in the schools), art classes and camps.
The MacLaren is also a gathering place for community and business events

Every year, over 53,000 people participate in MacLaren programmes, including 20,000 children and youth. In addition to VanGo, which annually gives Simcoe County schoolchildren an opportunity to work with practising regional artists, the Gallery offers art classes for all ages, and tours and talks about its world-class exhibitions. It finds innovative ways to engage young people in safe, creative and open environments, and it gives families a Sunday afternoon destination for participating in fun, collaborative art projects. As a cultural hub for business members, families, artists and community groups, the MacLaren adds a great deal to the quality of life in Barrie.

But the MacLaren would not be the organization it is without the overwhelming level of community support we receive from our Friends of the MacLaren, Annual Donors, Patron's Circle members and dozens of local businesses. They are all responsible for our success! There are many ways for you to get involved as a supporter of the MacLaren: see the menu at left for more. 

Click here for more about membership in Friends of the MacLaren or here for The Patron Circle.