The INCLUSION Art Show is an annual celebration of diversity and creativity in the art world. This year, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on some remarkable studios, agencies and programs that are participating in the show. These initiatives are dedicated to fostering inclusivity and providing a platform for artists from all backgrounds to showcase their talent. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s participants:
|Alternatives Studio and Gallery
Since 2013, Alternative Creations Studio has been a beacon of artistic expression in East Vancouver. This nurturing haven provides artists with developmental disabilities a space to cultivate their talents and communicate their creativity. Through their programs, artists and their families are empowered, and the wider community is enriched.
|Richmond Social Network, posAbilities
With a focus on daily social, recreational, and skill development activities, the Richmond Social Network brings people together through laughter yoga, knitting clubs, and other initiatives that foster rich community connections.
Featured Artists (left to right): Paco Liu, Alex Kariotis, Cullen Yee
|Vicuña Art Studio
Vicuna was established in 2008 to support artists with developmental disabilities who aspire to become “true students of art.” This studio ensures access to professional instruction, quality art materials, and opportunities to exhibit and sell artworks, enabling artists to explore their talents and share their creativity with the world.
Featured Artists (left to right): Aurel Popovici, Esther Hwang, Jessica Isaac
PotteryWorks is a multi-media art studio that supports, teaches, and promotes artists overcoming disability through art and craft. Their primary goal is to support community inclusion for their artists. Through various artistic practices, the studio empowers artists to express themselves and engage with the community through their creative work.
Featured Artists (left to right): Dan Tell, James Lash, Ashley Dheil
|Aegis West, posAbilities
Aegis West focuses on daily social, recreational, and skill development activities, including teaching Sign Language to elementary school students, hosting community events, and creating art at PotteryWorks studio.
Featured Artists (left to right): Lori Montgomery, Johnson Fonf, Mollie Chau
|JCC Art Hive
Joining the Inclusion Art Show, the JCC Art Hive offers guided activities and self-directed art-making opportunities. It’s a place where individuals can discover their inner artist, create art, and build a sense of community through creative expression.
|Studio Seventy Three
Studio Seventy Three is home to talented glass artists. Their work ranges from beautiful glassware to decorative pieces and wearable art. They offer a space for artists to experiment, learn, and grow while emphasizing the importance of diversity and acceptance.
|Inclusion Langley Society
Inclusion Langley Society is committed to providing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to express themselves through art. Their programs foster artistic development and self-confidence, highlighting the unique abilities of each artist.
Featured Artists (left to right): Grace Klemm, David Cairns, Jeff Scott
|Here and Now Community Society
Here and Now is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Through their efforts, they create opportunities for individuals and families to thrive.
Featured Artists (left to right): Minwoo Park, Taehee Kim, Hyunsong Jang
Aspire Richmond was founded with a vision of offering individuals with disabilities the opportunity to lead thriving, connected, and happy lives. Their comprehensive programs and services, from early intervention to housing options, make dreams come true for individuals and their families.
Featured Artists (left to right): Sophia Woolgar, Edilyn Marollano, Brenda Myers
|Roots Day Program, posAbilities
Roots Day Program offers social, recreational, and volunteer opportunities across the city. These activities add meaning and joy to the lives of the persons they serve and the teams who support them. The program focuses on community integration initiatives centered on the shared interests of participating adults and program staff.
Featured Artists (left to right): Doria Yu, Kiersten Halford, Jessica McDaniel
| Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA)
DDA is a community living agency that provides community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. They create extended networks of support, invest in individual needs, and strive for an inclusive and safe community.
Featured Artists (left to right): Gordon Peers, Shirley Tam, Calvin Ho
Mark your calendars, spread the word, and come experience the magic of the INCLUSION Art Show. Together, let’s celebrate the beauty of diversity, the strength of unity, and the transformative power of art. We can’t wait to see you there!
In-person Show: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Time: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm
Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
RSVP Here: https://buff.ly/45UqTLG
To get a sneak peek of the show, don’t forget to check out the show preview on our website.