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May 2, 2022 - May 5, 2022

Beginning: A National Conversation

Hosted by National AccessArts Centre (NaAC)

Save the date and join us!

Welcome to BEGINNING: A National Conversation, taking place May 2 - 5, 2022. Whether you’re an artist identifying as having a developmental disability, a caregiver/support worker, an arts programming professional, an arts administrator/leader, or have a general interest in learning about ways we can advance the arts/culture sector to better support and showcase artists living with developmental disabilities, this conversation is one that will change our cultural landscape for good.

This national conversation will be:

  • An opportunity for artists living with a developmental disability to share their stories, listen to fellow artists with disabilities, and interact with delegates from the disability sector and the mainstream arts/culture sector – with the goal of helping to envision an arts/culture world that will provide equitable opportunities for artists with developmental disabilities.
  • An opportunity for caregivers and the disability sector to also do the same and see what roles they can play to support artists living with disabilities.
  • An opportunity for disability- and mainstream arts professionals to gain new perspectives, hearing from firsthand accounts of artists living with disabilities and from our speakers and panelists.
  • An opportunity for arts funders, administrators, and leaders from the arts/culture sector to hear these perspectives and identify ways they can explore to support artists living with disabilities.

Taking place across Vancouver, Toronto, and Banff, we are planning in-person and virtual sessions that will ensure as much accessibility for participants.

Registration is now open for delegates to join us in Vancouver + Banff + virtually across Canada for #Beginning2022, featuring our closing keynote speaker Daniel Vais, founder of the world-acclaimed Drag Syndrome!


National AccessArts Centre (NaAC)

8038 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 0Y1, Canada

Phone number: (403) 253-3174

Email: info@ourIAC.ca

The Indefinite Arts Centre is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization, providing artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people with developmental, physical, and acquired disabilities. Every week, 300+ artists come through our 12,000 square foot multimedia studio and gallery space in Calgary. Working alongside talented instructors, our artists are supported and empowered to experience the entire artistic creation process – from conceptualization to exhibition.