The Marie Dressler Foundation received a major grant from Canadian Heritage to support the revitalization of Marie Dressler House.
The revitalization project will create a new museum, “Canadian Women In Film,” to be a platform to celebrate accomplishments of Canadian women in film, past and present.
“The Marie Dressler House revitalization project will protect and celebrate the 180 plus years heritage of the House and build a lasting legacy for years to come,” said Rick Miller, President and Chair, Marie Dressler Foundation.
The museum will feature permanent exhibitions for Canadian Oscar winners Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer, who will join fellow Oscar winner Marie Dressler in her natal home.
“We will create a visitor experience that is educational and inspirational,” added Miller. “Providing a signpost that shows the historical journey for women in film and connects with today’s efforts to achieve gender equity in front of and behind the camera.”
The detailed design for the new Canadian Women In Film Museum was completed in April 2020 by five master students, including Michelle Wright, Enya Barbeau, Emma Myers, Karen Cheung and Natalie Heaton in the Museum Studies Masters’ degree program at the University of Toronto.
The contributions from the Government of Canada made the project possible, but the fundraising campaign continues to raise the remainder of the funding required to complete the project.
The Foundation is looking for volunteers who are interested in becoming involved with this exciting project. Contact Rick Miller at [email protected] for more details.