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On November 21, 2017, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman recognized Leon A. Brown Ltd. for 90 years of service to Winnipeg’s arts communities, charitable organizations and historic buildings with the presentation of the Organizational Community Service Award at Portage and Main.
Leon A. Brown Ltd. was founded as an insurance company in 1927 by Leon Abraham Brown. Shortly thereafter, Brown made his foray into the real estate market with the purchase of a few choice properties at the corner of Portage and Main. His company was prosperous and dynamic.
Leon’s son Ashley – a father, soldier, farmer and early advocate for Winnipeg’s arts community and architectural heritage – later took up the torch. Ashley enjoyed breathing new life into the beautiful but weathered buildings in the area we now call The Exchange District.
Today, Leon A. Brown continues its legacy of advancing the architectural, cultural and economic development of Winnipeg’s downtown, Exchange District, Waterfront North and South Point Douglas through heritage building restoration and adaptive reuse. In November, the company was honoured to receive Heritage Winnipeg’s Distinguished Service Award, which “recognizes the special contributions of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg’s built heritage.”
Leon A. Brown is proud to support a wide range of charitable causes, including The Winnipeg Foundation, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Salvation Army, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Art City, Siloam Mission, B’nai Brith Camp, Nuit Blanche and The United Jewish Appeal.
“While we set our sights on the future, it's equally important to look at those who are around us right now,” said Jon Brown, Executive VP of Leon A. Brown Ltd. “There is huge need and work to do for those in our community most vulnerable and at risk. These organizations lift people up every day in the hope that tomorrow may be better."
"We believe in hope,
and we believe in tomorrow."
Leon A. Brown is proud to support Art City, a not-for-profit community art studio offering innovative and professional art programming to people of all ages, free of charge.
Located in Winnipeg’s inner city neighbourhood of West Broadway, Art City was founded in 1998 by artist and Order of Canada member Wanda Koop to provide high quality art programming to those who need or wish to express themselves creatively.
“We are giving people the opportunity to think creatively, and my feeling is that if you can think creatively, you can survive almost anything.” Says Koop.
“We’re delighted to help in a small way,” says Bob Brown, President of Leon A. Brown Ltd.
Leon A. Brown looks forward to continuing to share our family’s passion for arts now, and into the future.
In recognition of Canada 150, and in memory of our father Ashley Brown, “Leon A. Brown Ltd is pleased to donate Nuliajuq’s Fate, an original piece by renowned Inuit artist Ningeokuluk Teevee, to the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS).
"Dad was a hunter, a fisherman, and overall a huge advocate of our Country’s great northern spaces," says Jon Brown, Executive Vice President of “Leon A. Brown Ltd. “We hope the stories told through northern artists will help in the ongoing dialogue on how to save and preserve these lands for those still to come. My brother Bobby and I are delighted to help in a very small way.”
The donation will be used by the Art Museum of the Americas to help promote a greater knowledge of Canadian art and the diversity of its peoples and cultures in the Americas.
Ningeokuluk Teevee is a Canadian Inuk writer and artist. Her first children's book, Alego, was a nominee for the 2009 Governor General's Award for children's literature illustration.>
Art Museum of the Americas’ work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities. This belief simultaneously serves to promote the core values of the Organization of American States (OAS) and its Secretariat of Hemispheric Affairs (SHA) by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, dialogue and learning, highlighting themes such as democracy, development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression, and innovation.
Leon A. Brown Ltd is honoured to have donated an original piece by renowned Inuit artist Ningeokuluk Teevee to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Teevee is a celebrated Canadian Inuk artist. Her comprehensive knowledge of Inuit legends, along with a fine sense of design and composition, have made many of her prints highly sought after by collectors.
The piece, titled Dog with Kamiks, was presented by Leon A. Brown Ltd Executive Vice President Jon Brown, at the North American premier of Ningeokuluk Teevee: Kinngait Stories, an exhibition of contemporary Inuit art at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. The show was curated by the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
"Leon A. Brown Ltd donated Dog with Kamiks on behalf of all Canadians in recognition of Canada 150, and in memory of our father Ashley Brown. Dad was a hunter, a fisherman, and overall a huge advocate of our Country’s great wild and northern spaces."
Ningeokuluk Teevee is a Canadian Inuk writer and artist. Her first children's book, Alego, was a nominee for the 2009 Governor General's Award for children's literature illustration.
On February 20, 2017, Leon A. Brown was honoured to receive the Distinguished Service Award at Heritage Winnipeg’s 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards, recognizing our family’s 90 year commitment to Winnipeg’s heritage community. "This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg’s built heritage."
Since its inception, Leon A. Brown has strived to contribute to the architectural, cultural and economic development of Winnipeg’s downtown and the historic Exchange District through heritage building ownership. We provide more than buildings: we develop opportunities for vibrant progressive companies that are seeking a dynamic and economical urban experience.
We are thrilled to receive this award, and look forward to honouring it by continuing to contribute to the economic, cultural and social fabric of our city of Winnipeg.
SEEWAY is a luminous collection of images reflecting celebrated contemporary artist Wanda Koop's journey down the Saint Lawrence Seaway. While attending the SEEWAY opening at the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C., Leon A. Brown Executive VP Jon Brown realized her work had not been shown here before and was not part of the Embassy's collection. "I felt it was important for Wanda's work to be on permanent display beside other great Canadian artists for the world to see".
Leon A. Brown Ltd., on behalf of all Canadians, is pleased to donate the premier piece from SEEWAY “Dusk” to the Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C. in memory of our father Ashley Brown. "Dad was an early supporter of Wanda and would be pleased to know she will be recognized at the Embassy for years to come. He was a soldier, farmer and early advocate for Winnipeg's arts and historic architecture".
Wanda Koop is one of Canada's most important and inventive contemporary artists. Her career spans over four decades and includes more than 50 major solo exhibitions, nationally and internationally.