Michael Audain is or has been the chair of the Vancouver Art Gallery Foundation, the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the BC Arts Renaissance Fund, a governor of the Business Council of British Columbia, a past-president of the Urban Development Institute, and a trustee of the National Gallery of Canada
He supports a program of awards, carrying his name, for lifetime achievement in the visual arts. He also has supported the Artists for Kids Trust which provides art enrichment to thousands of Vancouver school children each year, and has given nearly $18 million to Canadian arts organizations, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Bill Reid Foundation.
Michael Audain has contributed personally, through his company, and through the Audain Foundation to the promotion of art in British Columbia and to raise awareness of Canadian art and Canadian artists with his view that art plays a hugely positive role in the well being of individuals and their communities and contributes to enriching and preserving the cultural heritage of our province and country.
He donated $2 million to the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, creating the country’s largest endowment for educating gallery and museum curators with his view that educating outstanding curators is critical for a thriving cultural scene in Canada.