Week-long art show to be highlighted by International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Friday November 4, 2011 — Ryan Rogers
The City of Burnaby is celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities by sharing the works of fine art created by people of all abilities in city libraries this December.
“We’re hoping to expose a wider range of Burnaby citizens to the great artists of all abilities out there in our communities, and the library’s a great place for that because of the cross-section of people from every age and background that go to the library,” says social planner for the City of Burnaby Rebekah Mahaffey.
Through the support of Artists Helping Artists (AHA), the week-long event will be highlighted by a reception at the Tommy Douglas Burnaby Public Library on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3.
The event is a product of the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee to the Planning and Building Department of the City of Burnaby, supporting the goals of the community’s Social Sustainability Strategy.
Rebekah says the event will celebrate the achievements of everybody in the Burnaby community.
“I hope this event helps open the eyes of the individuals who maybe haven’t realized there’s this great artistic co-operative in our community and it helps build relationships between people of all different backgrounds, who otherwise might not have known each other or appreciated each other’s efforts and talents,” says Rebekah.
Art site director Derek McElheron and co-op administrator Steve Quattrocchi from AHA are helping plan the week-long art show. Steve says he felt this was a “wonderful opportunity.
“It shows we’re making inroads in the community and being taken seriously as a group and organization for the arts,” says Steve.
Steve, who is helping design the promotional poster for the event, says he was approached to bring Artists Helping Artists to the show, demonstrating a great example of inclusion.
Artwork will be on display from Dec. 2 – 9 at the Tommy Douglas Burnaby Public Library, the Cameron Burnaby Public Library and McGill Burnaby Public Library.
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