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The University of Manitoba is asking the city for $10,000 to bring an art piece from Winnipeg's old airport terminal to its campus.
Eli Bornstein's Structurist Relief in 15 Parts used to hang on the south wall of the Richardson International Airport terminal but is now in storage at the U of M, awaiting $85,000 in funding needed to move it to the south exterior wall of the Max Bell Centre.
The move will cost $110,000 in total, mostly to have the artwork securely framed and mounted.
"It will be easily visible and have a lot of exposure to the public and by students, and even more when the new stadium is complete," said John Alho, a university associate vice-president.
The university has partnered with the Winnipeg Airport Authority and is requesting $30,000 in funds from it, $45,000 from the Manitoba Arts Council and $10,000 from the city, with the remaining $25,000 to come from its own budget. To date, only the university's own funding has been confirmed.
In a Riel community committee report from Dec. 5, 2011, the city's community services department recommended the university's grant application be denied, stating the "organization is not a non-profit community organization offering sport or recreation services and is not a non-profit community organization that contributes to the health and well-being of the community," and this particular project "does not make a significant contribution to the long-term benefit of the community at large in terms of improved facilities."
Alho was surprised to hear the recommendation, saying the U of M is a non-profit organization, and he's not sure why the department would suggest the university doesn't meet qualifications to receive funding.
The application will be voted on today during a protection and community services committee meeting, but Alho said he's not concerned about whether the university will receive the funding.
"I haven't even contemplated not receiving the funds," he said.
"The intention here is just to maintain an important piece of Winnipeg's heritage, and display it where it will get a lot of exposure and be easily accessible to the public."