The Women’s Art Museum Society of Canada was incorporated October 2, 2006 under the Alberta Societies Act. WAM has a bilingual mandate. It is also known as le Musée d’art de la femme du Canada (MAF) in the Francophone community. Its goals are to open a museum that features Canadian women’s art and to build a collection that showcases the history of women in the visual arts in Canada. It was not until October 2015 that the museum took physical form in a small space rented from the Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA) located in La Cité francophone in Edmonton’s Bonnie Doon area.
The mission of the Women’s Art Museum of Canada is to build a collection of visual artworks by Canadian women artists in order to preserve their heritage, to educate the public on the historical significance of women artists, and to empower women to actively become involved in safeguarding their contributions to the cultural fabric of this nation.
Built from a grassroots platform, the Women’s Art Museum of Canada fosters inclusivity within its target community. Through research, educational and interactive activities such as exhibits, workshops and educational programming, WAM fosters participation from a sector of society that has long remained silent in art history. Our small but growing collection validates the work of women in the visual arts through exhibits and documentation, workshops and an ever-growing presence on the internet and social media. Our members and volunteers have demonstrated their dedication and commitment to realizing a space where women can see themselves in history, not just as a footnotes or short anecdotes, but also as vital participants in this cultural sector.
The museum has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some programs continue online and at host sites and there is a possibility that exhibitions can resume in the fall of 2021.