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Cultural Access Pass opens doors for newcomers

The Aga Khan Museum has joined the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass (CAP) program to welcome new citizens and introduce them to its diverse collection of more than 1,000 objects and ever-changing roster of exhibitions and programs.

CAP provides Canada’s newest citizens and their children with a year of free access to more than 1,200 museums, galleries, historic sites, national and provincial parks across the country.

The program offers a wealth of Canadian experiences, including exclusive travel discounts with VIA Rail Canada.

The addition of the Aga Khan Museum brings the total number of CAP attractions in Ontario to 266.

“The Institute for Canadian Citizenship believes in the cultural inclusion of our newest citizens,” said CEO Charlie Foran.

“We’re thrilled to add the architecturally stunning and culturally vibrant Aga Khan Museum to our roster of CAP attractions, and we echo its efforts to foster dialogue and promote tolerance and mutual understanding among all peoples.”

Opened in September 2014, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto is the first museum in North America dedicated to the arts of Muslim civilizations.

It offers visitors a window the cultural and scientific heritage of Muslim civilizations across the centuries from the Iberian Peninsula to China.

The Museum provides something new with each visit: rotating displays of its permanent collection; changing temporary exhibitions featuring historical and contemporary art; and an exciting range of live arts and film programming.

“The Aga Khan Museum is pleased to join the Cultural Access Pass program, providing new Canadian citizens with extraordinary evidence of how cultures around the world are connected,” said Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum.

Since its inception in 2008, more than 150,000 new citizens have participated in the Cultural Access Pass program.

A new citizen becomes eligible for a Cultural Access Pass the day he/she receives his/her Canadian citizenship.

The pass is valid for one year, expiring on the first anniversary of a member’s date of citizenship. New citizens must be 18 years of age or older to participate, but each member can use his/her pass with up to four children under the age of 18.

To learn more about the Cultural Access Pass, its participating attractions.and VIA Rail Canada’s offer, visit culturalaccesspass.ca.

Founded and co-chaired by former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) is a national, non-profit charity that helps accelerate new citizens’ integration into Canadian life through original programs, collaborations and unique volunteer opportunities.

More at icc-icc.ca.

Posted: Jun 2, 2015

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