Become a NaAC artist today.

What makes NaAC unique is that there is no prerequisite to joining.

The most important thing is to demonstrate an interest in creating art – whether that is in our visual arts studio, or in one of our many performing arts programs such as dance.

The following is additional information regarding PDD and non-PDD clients (pertaining to residents of the province of Alberta), as well as information on how you can register if you are outside of our local area and would like to participate online.

Note that our programs are for artists over the age of 18.

I am an artist

How do I join?


The National accessArts Centre is a contracted service provider with the Government of Alberta’s Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program, meaning that Albertans registered with PDD can seek a referral to join our program at the NaAC. Prospective artists who wish to join the NaAC will need to speak to their PDD case worker and seek a referral. There may be a wait list to join our program.

For PDD clients, costs are partially subsidized as a result of our contract with the Government of Alberta. Costs are based on the number of weeks in a session. Artists also pay for the supplies they use.

Our current fees are: $6.50 per week of the session, payable in advance for the full session. For more information, please contact:

Heather Jones
Manager, Operations
403.253.3174 ext. 3
heather.jones@accessarts.ca

Note: Those who require help in the washroom, with eating or drinking, or other significant help in the studio must provide their own assistants in order to participate. 

Artists who are not registered with PDD can still participate, but applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and may be required to pay the full costs of the program. For more information, please contact:

Heather Jones
Manager, Operations
403.253.3174 ext. 3
heather.jones@accessarts.ca

Note: Those who require help in the washroom, with eating or drinking, or other significant help in the studio must provide their own assistants in order to participate. 

Though our core programming is delivered in-person, we have started to expand our digital programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and encourage Canadians with disabilities to join us in our virtual programs.


To register for our online programs (which are delivered on a project-by-project basis), please contact:

Kyra Ball
Coordinator, Artist Services
403.253.3174 ext. 0
kyra.ball@accessarts.ca

Visual arts.


The National accessArts Centre (NaAC) has a vibrant visual arts program, providing our artists with artistic training, creation, and exhibition/sales opportunities to advance their creativity.

Learn more about some of our core programs in our visual arts department.

This is at the heart of what we do at the NaAC, providing space and facilitating the practice of our artists. By creating and maintaining a safe and supportive space to gather and practice, we steward the artistic direction of our artists in thoughtful, respectful and responsive ways.

In 2021, we will continue to implement our studio sessions both in-person and virtually in alignment with our local health authority’s guidelines, balancing the need for artistic development and keeping our artists and staff safe.

Every month, the NaAC hosts virtual and/or in-person workshops for our studio collective. This is not only a great learning opportunity for our participants, but also a learning opportunity for mainstream artists who learn different perspectives from our artists. Past workshop artists include Lanre Ajayi, Michelle Austen, Teresa Tam, and others.

If you are a contemporary artist based in Canada or around the world, and are interested in leading a workshop at the NaAC, please contact:

Karly Mortimer
Director, Artist and Program Development
403.253.3174 ext. 2
karly.mortimer@accessarts.ca

Launched in 2020, the NaAC is the first Canadian disability arts organization to launch a curatorial mentorship program for artists with developmental disabilities. If you are interested in participating – either as a participating artist or as a mentor – please contact:

Karly Mortimer
Director, Artist and Program Development
403.253.3174 ext. 2
karly.mortimer@accessarts.ca

A true highlight of our visual arts programming is the opportunity to exhibit our artists’ works both locally and around the world. Our artists’ works have been showcased in galleries throughout Canada, Hong Kong, Dubai, Mexico, and New York. We also help facilitate the sale of our artists’ works if the artist is interested in selling his/her piece.

Learn more about our upcoming and previous exhibitions by clicking here:

In recent years, the NaAC has increased partnerships with individual clients, organizations, and corporations who are interested in commissioning an artist for a custom piece of art. Every artist approaches these opportunities differently, so we encourage interested partners to contact us to learn more about this rewarding process:

Karly Mortimer
Director, Artist and Program Development
403.253.3174 ext. 2
karly.mortimer@accessarts.ca

Performing arts.


Helping Fund Artists with Disabilities

The NaAC’s performing arts division is a new addition to our mandate as a result of our acquisition of celebrated mixed ability dance company Momo Movement.

Learn more about our current program offerings in the performing arts.

Currently, we offer weekly classes that introduce mixed ability participants to exploring movement and performance-based practices. The program will be led by two facilitators, one with lived experience, and will involve two-way learning experiences, so both disabled and non-disabled participants have the opportunity to learn from another.

Delivered online and in-person (aligning with COVID-19 guidelines), offered weekly over 12 weeks.

For more information, please contact:

Talia Potter
Manager, Performing Arts
403.253.3174 ext. 8
talia.potter@accessarts.ca

Depending on our projects and other opportunities that may arise, the NaAC facilitates a number of project-specific workshops and productions. In 2021, the NaAC will be unveiling an interdisciplinary theatre workshop and production, as well as workshops themed around Le Chat Noir: Performance, Art and Persona of Le Belle Epoque. The NaAC will also be participating in a music composition project in partnership with Xenia Concerts starting February 2021.

For more information, please contact:

Talia Potter
Manager, Performing Arts
403.253.3174 ext. 8
talia.potter@accessarts.ca

The NaAC is one of a very select group of disability arts organizations to support a professional dance ensemble. Members participate in a rigorous rehearsal and production schedule, and are compensated for their creative contributions. In Fall 2021, this ensemble will be performing Imaginary Spaces at the internationally-renowned Tangente Danse.

For more information, please contact:

Talia Potter
Manager, Performing Arts
403.253.3174 ext. 8
talia.potter@accessarts.ca