Works by artists with developmental disabilities to travel the world thanks to groundbreaking partnership with the federal government.

Global Affairs Canada acquires thirteen works by National accessArts Centre artists as part of its permanent collection.

CALGARY/OTTAWA – Thirteen artists with developmental disabilities, represented by the National accessArts Centre (NaAC) – Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization – will have their works acquired by the federal government through Global Affairs Canada as part of a groundbreaking agreement between the NaAC and Canada’s foreign affairs ministry. This is the first partnership of its kind between Global Affairs Canada and a disability arts organization.

“We’re excited about showcasing our artists’ creativity on the global stage through this partnership,” said Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu, President and CEO of the NaAC. “As our federal government increases its efforts to using arts and culture as a tool for diplomacy, it is our hope that our artists will inspire viewers around the world with these visible representations of Canada’s values around diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

A virtual launch event on May 10, 2021 hosted by the Her Excellency Susan le Jeune D’allegeershecque, British High Commissioner to Canada, will mark the launch of this partnership, with other distinguished attendees and speakers including: British Consul General Caroline Saunders; representatives from Global Affairs Canada; and representatives from Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.

The works can be viewed on our new publication Made at the NaAC. Shared with the world. 


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