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Indefinite Arts Centre

  • Status:
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, All Ages, Children, Dis/Abilities, Seniors, Youth, IDAS is committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities to become working artists 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Alberta, Calgary region 
  • Languages:
    English, Staff also have basic training in American Sign Language 
  • Arts Focus:
    Visual arts 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    IDAS is committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities to become working artists, and to promoting their work as an emerging and increasingly important contribution to the professional arts world. To this end, IDAS programming is generally organized around the following priority areas: (1) educational programs and artist residencies that make use of the IDAS instructional studios, (2) professional development programs that support the career development of artists with disabilities, and (3) public awareness and outreach programs in the form of gallery shows, inclusion in public festivals, performances, and other events. Outside of these core programs to support adults with disabilities through visual art media, IDAS also offers an expanding series of community art programs that engage specific groups in SE Calgary, including children, youth, seniors and other marginalized or under-served populations. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    In-Definite Arts is a nonprofit visual arts centre where artists with developmental disabilities come together to create, exhibit and sell artwork. Since its beginnings in 1975, In-Definite Arts has continually been a leader and innovator in Calgary’s art and disability sectors, playing a significant role in supporting artists with disabilities, promoting their artwork and advocating for inclusion within contemporary art practice.

    Today, more than 150 adult artists with developmental disabilities come through In-Definite Arts Monday through Thursday to use our dynamic, multimedia studios. For these individuals, the visual arts present opportunities to achieve personal and professional goals by fostering self-expression, communication and independence.

    United by a shared desire to connect and collaborate, In-Definite Arts’ artists, members and volunteers are committed to building a vibrant, cultural community with a richer social fabric and a strengthened disability arts scene. 
  • Additional Info:
    Vision: Artists with developmental disabilities and their art are valued and celebrated in the community.

    Mission: In-Definite Arts expresses the idea that the potential of all people is, in fact, “indefinite.”
    In service to this belief, In-Definite Arts promotes opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to express themselves and to grow and develop through their involvement in art. We strive to increase awareness in the community about the talents and diversity of artists with disabilities.

    Philosophy: We believe that all people are innately creative, and that art is a universal language which allows individuals to develop and express their identity and uniqueness. This philosophy embraces the values of respect, creativity, celebration, self-determination and inclusion. 
  • Phone:
    (403) 253-3174 
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  • Address:
    8038 Fairmount Dr. SE
    Calgary, AB  T2H 0Y1 

Last updated on 2019-04-16 16:16:26. Submitted by: Roxanne Taylor, In-Definite Arts Society, Artistic Director