Media Release: Launch of Awakening at the United Nations in New York

Lieutenant Governor Unveils Art Exhibition at United Nations in New York

Her Honour the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, hosted a reception celebrating the unveiling of the art exhibition Awakening at the United Nations in New York on the evening of Wednesday, March 27. Louise Blais, Canada’s Ambassador at the United Nations, Phyllis Yaffe, Canada’s Consul-General, and Amy Jenkins, Head of the Canada Council Art Bank, all spoke during the event.

The provocative exhibition and accompanying publication seek to answer the question, “Now that we can do anything, what will we do?” using the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework. First commissioned by Her Honour, the exhibition has hung in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite in Toronto since May 2018, where it has been viewed by over 10,000 visitors. The works featured in Awakening were curated by the celebrated Canadian designer, Bruce Mau, and are generously on loan from the Canada Council Art Bank.

“Today at the United Nations in New York, we celebrate Ontario’s contribution to thinking about sustainability. Our province takes much pride in sharing Awakening with those who serve the world, often far from home. May the vision and lessons of Ontario and Ontarians inspire us all to build resilience and to see ourselves as part of a global project. Thank you to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and the Canada Council for their support in making Awakening an exhibition for people around the world to enjoy.” – the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

The exhibition will remain on display at the United Nations until Friday, April 5, 2019.


Alexandra Tichinoff
Office of the Lieutenant Governor