Black and Gold

Black and Gold is the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Did you know that the Gallery raises 50% of its operating budget through fundraising, individual donors, earned income and sponsorship?  This event contributes $55 000 a year to exhibitions, education and public programming.

We are thrilled to welcome CIBC Private Wealth Management and CIBC Wood Gundy – Allan Bush as title sponsors of this year’s event, which will be held at Bingeman's on Thursday 19 October. Learn more about what's in store for this year's event!

Why support Black & Gold and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery?

Invest in the cultural life of your community
The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation 2016 Vital Signs Report indicated that 65% of businesses and skilled workers agreed that a thriving arts and cultures scene is a driving factor when considering relocation. Arts are a key part of recruitment and retention—an incredibly important thing in an extremely competitive market for skilled talent.

Position your company as a supportive, community–minded business
A recent poll by Nanos and the Ontario Arts Council in March of 2017 showed that 90% of Ontarians believe in the importance of the arts to improving the quality of life of a community.

Engage with affluent and culturally aware individuals 
• 67% of guests are 56-69 followed by the 26-39 category at 23%
• 55% of respondents were female
• 78% have a household income of $100 000+
• 43% have spent $500+ on auction items at Black & Gold
• Over 50% of tickets are sold to leading businesses in the region

Results from a survey of Black & Gold guests 2015 & 2016 (May 2017)

Support the Silent Auction

Every year, we call upon community members like you to donate in-kind gifts and experiences for our popular silent auction. Your contributions play a big role in supporting public programs and education at the Gallery, while introducing your products and services to a wider audience of generous art lovers. 

WIll you help us create accessible art experiences in Waterloo Region? Click here to access our online donation form. Please complete this form by September 15 2017 to ensure we can properly recognize your generosity.

A volunteer from our Black & Gold Committee will contact you shortly to confirm your support. In the meantime, if you have questions or require a printable version of this form, please feel free to contact the Gallery by phone at (519) 579-5860 x212, or by email.


Black and Gold is made possible through the generous support of many businesses and the event offers a range of opportunities to show your company’s support for the arts .

We have the following opportunities still available (as of 6 September):

  • Supporting Sponsor | $5000
  • Volunteer Recognition Sponsor | $1250
  • Emcee Sponsor | $750
  • Decor Sponsor | $500 


Full details of sponsorship packages including benefits and perks are available here.

For more information on supporting the event and the arts in your community, please contact Shirley Madill, Executive Director at 519-579-5860, x216 or by email.