TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2012) - Due to the exceptional success of the GAIA Photography Exhibition in Toronto, ONE DROP and its partners are proud to announce that it is being extended until October 1 at The Distillery Historic District and the Thompson Landry Gallery. This creative project designed by Cirque du Soleil™ Founder, Guy Laliberté for ONE DROP and presented by Fondation Desjardins consists of a selection of large-scale photographs taken by Laliberté while on board the International Space Station (ISS). Tens of thousands of individuals have already visited GAIA and with summer coming to a close, Torontonians will still have a chance to see this spectacular exhibition. The free public exhibit will also span Toronto's Nuit Blanche, the seventh annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art happening on September 29.
In 2009, Guy Laliberté became the first Canadian private space explorer. During his 11-day stay in orbit, Laliberté carried out his Poetic Social Mission and chose to use this unique opportunity to raise individual and community awareness of water-related issues and to help achieve sustainable change in terms of universal water access and protection. Through the lens of his camera, Laliberté was able to witness the beauty of the planet, as well as the utter fragility of Earth with regards to the universe.
GAIA is presented in Toronto thanks to a partnership with The Distillery Historic District and the Thompson Landry Gallery, as well as a contribution made by Fondation Desjardins. After the Toronto run, the photography exhibition will tour the US and Europe.
The GAIA book, which contains dozens of never-before seen photographs, will still be available for purchase in three distinct editions at the Thompson Landry Gallery, official custodian of the GAIA photographic prints and books in Toronto. Proceeds raised by the sale of GAIA works of art will go to ONE DROP, allowing it to continue in its efforts to make safe water accessible to all, today and tomorrow. To learn more, visit www.ONEDROP.org/GAIA.
For the duration of this exhibition, Fondation Desjardins will be offering students a chance to win one of two bursaries. The first, of $1,500, will be awarded to a student in environmental studies. The second, $1,000, will be awarded to a student in any other field of interest. For contest details and inscription, visit www.fondation-desjardins.com/gaia.
ABOUT ONE DROP
ONE DROP-an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil-is an international non-governmental organization created in Canada, in 2007. ONE DROP fights poverty by supporting access to water and raising individual and community awareness of the need to mobilize so that safe water is accessible to all, in sufficient quantity, today and tomorrow. With its uniquely artistic approach, ONE DROP educates and implements site-specific safe water solutions while allocating microfinance loans to help ensure sustainable development. Worldwide, ONE DROP's ongoing creative projects also raise awareness about water-related issues and encourage smarter water practices. To learn more, visit www.ONEDROP.org, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube.
ABOUT FONDATION DESJARDINS
Fondation Desjardins aims to set the standard for financial, cooperative and economic education in the Canadian philanthropic sector. It is a leading partner in helping young members of the next generation achieve their dreams and ambitions. Fondation Desjardins also gives many young people access to technical, vocational or post-secondary studies. It rewards excellence and encourages students to persevere until they receive their diploma. Well known for its leadership in granting university scholarships in Quebec, Fondation Desjardins encourages research, training, acquisition of skills and employability. The foundation rewards cooperative spirit, volunteerism and entrepreneurship. Since its creation, it has granted a total of 14 million dollars to over 10,000 people. To learn more, visit http://www.desjardins.com/en/coopmoi/difference-desjardins/prix-fondation-desjardins.jsp.