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BACI embraces creativity to celebrate inclusion

From making films to joining a story-telling web-based project, the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) is utilizing the power of creativity to advance inclusion and community living.
For instance, a group of staff and persons served by BACI created a video in 2012 on rights and responsibilities.

BACI senior manager of technology Lisa Joy Trick told BACI Blast the intent is to build film-making capacity throughout the organization by creating brief videos as opportunities arise.

Making the videos can help strengthen the community’s creative abilities as a whole and BACI says the video projects can also connect people in new ways.

“It was really great to see how included people were in the project,” said Ashley-Nicol Cox, who served as the first film’s editor.

The effort can also help BACI connect with the broader arts and film-making community, added Lisa Joy.

BACI is also getting behind another creative endeavor through its participation in INcommon.TV. INcommon.TV is a new story-sharing website corralling the experiences of people who have a developmental disability, their families and the people who support them.

INcommon.TV project co-ordinator Lindsay Lorraine tells BACI Blast she’s looking forward to seeing the examples of community living in British Columbia come to fruition.

The stories can be about a variety of experiences including life, inspiration, social change and inclusive education. The narratives can be told through methods including video, audio, art, photography and the written word.

Lisa Joy is particularly excited about the possibility of an online archive, capturing the history of the community living movement.

“If we can get a great library of content online it can be really informative,” Lisa Joy said.

In the area of visual arts, Artists Helping Artists recently celebrated a new space and vision for its future.

The artist-driven co-op moved from BACI’s head office to 7724 Royal Oak Ave., a cozy space that can better display art for sale and serve member needs, said Steve Quattrocchi, Artists Helping Artists co-founder and studio manager.

“We want to become a community arts space, where people can come in and create art, where we can have community events happening,” Steve said.

The first of these events was the studio opening, which saw approximately 60 people convene at the centre Dec. 1 to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the City of Burnaby.

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