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Indefinite Arts Centre

When our participants walk through our doors, they are no longer labelled "developmentally disabled." Rather, they become - and are celebrated as - practicing artists.

Our Story

Why We Exist

 The Indefinite Arts Centre matters because artists with disabilities matter.

…And their unique contributions and perspectives create a positive impact on our communities and on the contemporary arts world. Our culture is enriched by the inclusion of ideas and art expressed by people living with disabilities.

At the heart of it all, the Indefinite Arts Centre believes that all individuals – no matter their ability or disability – should have the opportunity to find and express their creative potential.

The arts has the power to transcend and bridge our differences – and we provide a platform that aims to bridge the gap between the so-called “abled” and “disabled.”

At the Indefinite Arts Centre, people with developmental disabilities walk through our doors and are recognized and supported as artists. There is no other place in Calgary where this can happen.

Our Impact

What We Do

The Indefinite Arts Centre provides artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Every week, more than 200 artists come through our fully equipped studio space in Calgary. Working alongside talented instructors, our artists are supported and empowered to experience the entire artistic creation process – from conceptualization to exhibition.

Mission

The Indefinite Arts Centre provides artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people – of all ages – with developmental disabilities, and shares the power of their creativity by advocating for their inclusion in the contemporary arts locally and abroad.

Vision

Every individual – no matter their disability – who wants to find and express their creativity can do so at the Indefinite Arts Centre.

Our Programs

How We Do It

The Indefinite Arts Centre is a fully-equipped creation space that helps our artists achieve their creative potential on a variety of platforms, including fiber-arts, ceramics, drawing, painting, glass, sculpture and assemblage.

Within the studio, instructors (who are artists themselves) work with the artists to identify individual interests, expectations, strengths, abilities and needs. To the greatest extent possible, instructors approach artistic activities in a manner that facilitates increased maturity and independence for each artist. Artist residencies and other visiting artist opportunities further enrich core studio programs, affording member artists opportunities to work individually or collaboratively with their peers and/or with members of Calgary’s broader arts community.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

1. Reducing the wait list with Friday programming – $100,000/year

Our first major priority is to address the increasing wait list of individuals looking to become artists at the Indefinite Arts Centre. Currently, we have close to 100 individuals on the wait list – and they wait up to 20 months to become part of our program.

Though we have historically provided arts programming on Fridays, funding cutbacks forced us to operate only from Monday to Thursday. Operating on Fridays would significantly reduce the wait list, and also give our artist instructors – who have chosen to dedicate their lives to the disability arts – an opportunity to work five days a week, instead of four.

Most importantly, it means that our Centre can help find the creative potential of even more individuals living with developmental disabilities.

2. Equipment for converting our arts collection to a digital platform – $10,000/year

We know that “digital” is the future, and the arts is no exception.

By purchasing scanning and photography equipment, setting up the right type of darkroom for photography, and being able to create and produce prints of our artists’ work, we can begin to accurately archive their work, produce art books as a way to generate interest in the arts community, and also look at ways to sell and distribute prints of their work that will help generate revenue for both the artist and the organization.

3. Children’s programming – $50,000/year

We want to help find and grow the creativity of young artists with disabilities.

Knowing what we know now, there is so much talent in the so-called “disability” community who could make their mark as artists and grow in their creativity earlier in their lives. Rather than solely focusing on adults with developmental disabilities, the Indefinite Arts Centre is planning to launch a pilot program that would engage youth between the ages of 6-17 and introduce them to the wide range of mediums currently being offered at our facility.

Under the guidance of our talented artistic instructors and program staff, we know we can create a home – a creative hub – for young artists with disabilities.

4. Other ways to help

Donate

A small monetary donation can go a long way in supporting the Indefinite Arts Centre provide ongoing programs and support for artists living with developmental disabilities. You will receive a tax receipt for your charitable contribution. Donations can be made online through indefinitearts.com, in person at the Indefinite Arts Centre, or over the phone at 403.253.3174. If you would like to make a legacy gift or a gift in someone’s memory, please contact JS at 403.253.3174.

Sponsor

Whether it’s sponsoring one of our new digital or music studio spaces, or sponsoring an existing or new arts program at the Indefinite Arts Centre, our organization is looking for individual and corporate sponsors to proudly showcase their name in support of disability arts at the Centre. If supporting arts development, artists with developmental disabilities, and strong communities is part of your community investment goals, then please contact JS at 403.253.3174 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Volunteer

Volunteers play an invaluable role in the day-to-day operations at Indefinite Arts Centre. Our volunteers assist in the studio, help man our front reception desk, sit on our Board of Directors, act as judges for our art competitions, and lend a hand at our social functions, casinos, and other fundraising events.

Stay Connected

Contact

Nicole Kaczkowski

Administrative Assistant

403.253.3174

Charitable Number: 887407195RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

$947,014