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Artwork by the Calgary Disability Arts Organization acquired by Global Affairs Canada for worldwide exhibition

A group of Calgary artists has just gone global.

That was the word Monday when it became known that Global Affairs Canada had acquired artwork from 13 artists represented by the National AccessArts Center (NaAC) as the first part of a partnership between Global Affairs Canada and an arts organization for the disabled.

The transaction means the artists will be showcasing their artwork at Global Affairs Canada venues around the world, including possibly the Canadian exhibit at the upcoming expo that will be held in Dubai in November, according to President and CEO Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu .

“They will now be part of a broad catalog of works from which an embassy or ambassador can activate rooms within embassies, ambassador dormitories or international events,” Ryu said in an email to CTV News.

Ryu said the artist – 12 of them from Calgary – was euphoric on the news.

“Our artists are thrilled,” he said. “In addition to receiving CARFAC royalties for this acquisition from our permanent collection, our artists have the special honor of having their works part of the Canadian Government’s permanent collection – an honor that is extremely rare and is the first time The Canadian Government has partnered with a disabled arts organization for this process. “

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Previously indefinite art

The organization, formerly Indefinite Arts, changed its name in November 2020 when it announced that their new home would be the former Boy Scout Building on Memorial Drive after their former home in Fairview was hit when the roof of the neighboring Fairview Arena collapsed Snowstorm of 2018.

The organization has grown from an organization primarily concerned with visual arts to a multimedia organization through a partnership with Mo-Mo Dance, a change that will be reflected in the new space, Ryu said.

“Work on the planning and design of our new home at 2140 Brownsea Drive NW begins now. This includes the complete gutting and retrofitting of the existing Scouts Canada facility, but also the construction of a new building west of this facility to house our public programs, including a public gallery and an event hall.

“The new location will be a tremendous development,” he said, “as our team of architects are now designing a purpose-built, fully accessible and creative multi-discipline space that our programming now focuses on visual arts, digital media, dance, music and theater! “

After a challenging year of isolation for many of the organization’s artists, news that people from all over the world would soon be seeing their work helped raise the mood and artistic profile, he said.

“We are excited to showcase the creativity of our artists through this partnership on the global stage,” said Ryu. “As our federal government increases its efforts to use the arts and culture as a tool of diplomacy, we hope our artists inspire viewers around the world with these visible displays of Canadian values ​​of diversity, justice and inclusion.”

There will be a virtual launch on May 10th.

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