We need your support

You’ve landed on this page because you’re wondering how you might be able to support the important work we do at the National accessArts Centre (NaAC). We are proud to be Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization — and now, with our new national mandate, we are also the country’s first multidisciplinary disability arts organization.

In 2020-21, public sector investments totaled under 40% of our revenues, with the rest coming from philanthropic grants as well as the generosity of individual and corporate donors. As we aim to support our growing community of more than 300 artists living with physical and developmental disabilities, this support is critical.

There’s a lot to unpack when we call ourselves a disability arts organization, but fundamentally, our vision is to provide our community with a platform to advance themselves creatively and stand strong on their merits and their efforts as artists – and this doesn’t just happen.

Your support allows us to develop meaningful and responsive programs to advance artistic training, creation, exhibition, and presentation opportunities for our artists — while also giving us the much-needed capacity to advocate for more meaningful, inclusive practices in our arts and culture sector that can shine a deserving light on the creativity of artists living with disabilities.

All of this work needs to be done to create a more just, equitable world for artists with disabilities — and we need your support. If you believe like we do that our artists need to be supported, celebrated, included, and showcased locally and around the world, then let’s talk.


Become an Artist Fund Patron

One of the biggest barriers that often prevent our artists from tackling bigger challenges and more exciting projects is cost, whether that is the cost of bigger canvases, special adaptive equipment, extra facilitator support, or travel.

Our Artist Fund Patrons are monthly donors who contribute a minimum of $20 monthly (or $50 monthly for Corporate Artist Fund Patrons). These funds go directly towards our Artist Fund, an initiative to help offset some of those costs for our talented artists.

Receive regular updates on how your contributions have helped offset the costs for particular projects and initiatives for our artists.

Invitations to Artist Fund Patron-specific events and receptions.

Receive an original piece of art from a NaAC artist each year you are part of the program.

Receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your donation.

Ways to Donate

Note that donors who give through ATB Cares or CanadaHelps will receive a charitable tax receipt through those particular platforms. Donations made directly to the NaAC will receive a charitable tax receipt through our organization.

CanadaHelps Form

You can donate using the secure donation form, either as a single or monthly donation.

ATB Cares

Our friends at ATB Financial can match your donation up to 15%.

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Mail to:

National accessArts Centre
8038 Fairmount Drive SE
Calgary AB
T2H 0Y1

Commission an Artist

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.

Reach out about commissions

Karly Mortimer

Vice President, Artist and Program Development

(403) 253 – 3174 ext. 2


Sponsor an Event or Initiative

At the National accessArts Centre, we host numerous events and plan initiatives locally, across the country, and around the world. You can help offset the costs of these events or initiatives by becoming a sponsor. Depending on the sponsorship arrangement, we can help you leverage strong marketing ROI by adding your brand beside the NaAC – a nationally respected, charitable entity recognized as an ally and partner in fighting for equity and inclusion in our communities.

Current sponsorship requests:

We are looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of showcasing Imaginary Spaces featuring our NaAC Professional Dance Ensemble at Tangente Danse in Montreal in Fall 2021. Sponsors will receive ongoing social media recognition, logo placement at all relevant events in Calgary and Montreal, and also be featured in our film documenting the rehearsal, travel, and production process.


ATB Financial sponsored one of our many “flux kits” that were delivered to the homes of our 300+ artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. These boxes included the ATB Financial logo and recognition for their support. This support was also mentioned across our social media channels.


Volunteers play a critical role in the day-to-day operations at the National accessArts Centre. Volunteers can assist in the studio, sit on our Board of Directors, participate in juries for our various competitions, and lend a needed hand at our social functions, casinos and other fundraising events.

You are interested in becoming a studio volunteer, assisting our artists and helping with prep work, teaching support, special projects, and other activities in our visual arts studio…

Karly Mortimer

Vice President, Artist and Program Development

(403) 253 – 3174 ext. 2


You would like to assist in our performing arts intiatives…

Ashley Brodeur

Manager, Performing Arts

(403) 253 – 3174 ext. 8


You would like to volunteer for our special events (including casinos)…

Heather Jones

Director, Artist Services

(403) 253 – 3174 ext. 3


Get Involved with our programming

We welcome artists to lead workshops, share deep insights into their own practice, and work alongside and learn from our artists’ perspectives. Are you a contemporary artists based in Canada or around the world? Check out our opportunities or reach out to Karly Mortimer (karly.mortimer@accessarts.ca) to get involved.

Get in touch with us

Alethea Bakogeorge

Director, Development & Performing Arts

(403) 253 – 3174 ext. 8


Montserrat Vives

Coordinator, Stakeholder Relations

(403) 253 – 3174 ext. 4