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
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.
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.
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.