“Canada is lucky to welcome this new cultural institution, and a new way of finding common ground among its many rich cultural traditions.
We should all look forward to visiting the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, and find other ways to support the AKDN.”
– Tommy Humphreys, founder CEO.CA
BY TOMMY HUMPHREYS for CEO.CA POSTED ON April 30, 2015
At a time when respect for other cultures has never been more important, Canada is fortunate to have an important new world-class cultural institution, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.
The 113,000-sq-ft museum was designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Fumihiko Maki of Japan and was established by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Active in 30 countries, the AKDN is one of the largest private development networks in the world. The museum opened in September.
The Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, and the AKDN is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the world, regardless of faith or gender.
The museum was furnished with the Aga Khan family’s collection of Islamic art, one of the leading private collections of its kind.
“For me, it’s not a Muslim museum or an Ismaili museum. To me, it is an art museum, and our objective is to show how cultures come together.
The museum hopes to change people’s perceptions, to foster a better sense of civil society, and help people understand pluralism.
Pluralism comes down to respecting other cultures. Not just being tolerant, but actually respecting various cultures and points of view. Living alongside people with mutual respect.”
– Henry Kim, Director and CEO of the Aga Khan Museum
During the lunch presentation, I learn that natural resources entrepreneur Lukas Lundin pledged a substantial sum a week earlier for Aga Khan University’s principal campus in Arusha, and he has previously supported the training of rural nurses in Kenya. Mr. Beaty is working with AKDN to defend entities without a voice to speak for themselves, namely wildlife and the environment. The private development agency is one of the most powerful forces for good in the world, Mr. Beaty says.
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