Hatch supports the appointment of the Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum

May 17, 2024

Toronto, ON—The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has announced the appointment of Rhéanne Chartrand as the inaugural Hatch Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture. This curatorship, established and named with a gift from Hatch, will be responsible for leading a collaborative approach to stewarding and showcasing Indigenous collections at ROM.

Hatch Chairman and CEO John Bianchini (right) is joined by Bob Chant, ROM Board of Trustees Chair, Josh Basseches, Director and CEO, ROM, and Rhéanne Chartrand, Hatch Curator of Indigenous Arts and Culture, ROM
“We are beginning our journey of reconciliation and exploring ways to be respectful and impactful in partnership with Indigenous communities,” shared John Bianchini, chairman and CEO, Hatch. “Supporting the appointment of the Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum is one way that we can advance dialogue and reconciliation through education, knowledge sharing, and programming. We are very excited to welcome Rhéanne as she brings this aspiration to life.”

Chartrand is a Métis curator with more than a decade of experience curating cross-cultural and multidisciplinary exhibitions, showcases, festivals, and programs. Most recently, she was the Curator of Indigenous Art at the McMaster Museum of Art from 2017–2023. She has previously worked with organizations including the Art Gallery of Guelph, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the City of Toronto, Harbourfront Centre, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and OCAD University.

“With a passion for community engagement and many years of experience working in the arts and culture sector, Rhéanne is the curatorial leader ROM needs to advance the essential work of reconciliation, engagement, and stewarding and showcasing Indigenous collections at the Museum,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director and CEO. “Now, more than ever, this Museum must strive to ensure Indigenous communities feel well-represented and welcome—and we are thrilled to have Rhéanne joining us in this work. ROM is grateful to its longstanding partners, Hatch and the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, for supporting and endowing this position.”

Hatch's commitment to the ROM and the appointment of the Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture exemplifies the company's dedication to reconciliation, social responsibility, and creating positive change. By supporting initiatives that promote dialogue and reconciliation, Hatch aims to contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society.

Hatch’s gift to the ROM included a $1.5 million donation to establish and name the Hatch Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture, which was matched to create a $3 million permanent endowment. Hatch has been a long-time supporter of the ROM, partnering with the Museum since 2015, supporting the ROM’s exhibitions strategy, catalyst fund, building renovations, and digital programs.

For more information about Hatch and its partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum, please visit www.hatch.com.




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