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Advocacy & Education

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O’Connor Gallery is a steadfast advocate for art education in Canada. Not only in our schools and education systems, but lifelong education. Arts and culture are crucial to a healthy society, a fact that is not often enough reflected in public policy. We are dedicated champions of the arts not only on the social stage, but on the political stage as well. Since day one, this has been reflected in the way we run our business and the ways in which we engage with our community and elected officials. To Dennis, one of the most exciting parts of the job is the opportunity we’ve been gifted to help further this mission.


Dennis has a particular passion for art history, a topic he’s always happy to sit and discuss over coffee. Whether you’re an art connoisseur, a casual hobbyist or have no experience with the arts to speak of, there is always more to learn.

Wondering how you can get involved with the preservation and sustainability of art education for all ages in Canada? Start by adding your endorsement to this Call to Action by the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning. You can also help by getting involved in arts and culture initiatives in our community; contact the gallery for a chat if you're interested in learning more.

I consider it part of my job to teach people about the art they’re buying---teach people how to enjoy art and experience it to its full potential. Why is this painting so beautiful? Because not only does it go perfectly with that sofa, but because it gives you something truly wonderful and unique that you can appreciate with time.

- Dennis O'Connor

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