Our Edmonton visits the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

This week, Adrienne Lamb and CBC's Our Edmonton visited The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, where we take a look at some of the artists and staff who are living up to the centre's motto of Create, Connect and Change Lives.

The aspiring artists' workspace will soon celebrate its 13th birthday

From one artist 13 years ago to 170 members today, come along as Wendy Hollo, executive director of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, shows us around. 3:23

The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts has been a home away from home for many artists over the past 13 years.

It is where inspiration and creativity take people with developmental disabilities and let them simply be known as artists.

The centre is divided into multiple areas for different mediums of art. Most were working on drawing or painting in this area. (John Robertson)

The CBC's Our Edmonton decided to visit the centre before its anniversary, to find out more about what they do in the community.

It started with the humble beginnings, a single artist, and today has 170 members.

Wendy Hollo is the executive director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. (John Robertson)

Some of the staff, like Wendy Hollo, have been with the centre since the start. 

She has watched the art and the centre transform people's lives.

Paul Freeman is the artistic director at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. (John Robertson)

The art itself has evolved, from simple paintings to full-fledged, mixed-medium creations.

Painting, ceramics, fused glass, even fabric art can be brought to life.  

They also work on video animations now, with collaborations from other local artists.

Adrienne first met Leona Clawson while doing a CBC Arts documentary. (John Robertson)

Our Edmonton's Adrienne Lamb met up with an artist she had first interviewed more than a decade ago.

Leona Clawson will be one of the featured artists in an upcoming exhibition to celebrate the centre's 13th  anniversary.

Here is a look at the story when they first met so many years ago:

Watch this video we dug up out of the CBC archive vault from a dozen years ago about the early days of Edmonton's Nina Haggerty Centre and the artists finding their voices. 4:27

Here is where you can find out more about the documentary in that story "Through the Eyes of Artists"

While the artists are often celebrated, it is the hardworking staff and many volunteers who make this place grow.

All part of living up to their mandate: 'Create, Connect, Change Lives'

While CBC's Our Edmonton visited, we gathered the artists who were working that day for a group picture. (John Robertson)

You can see more from the centre on this week's edition of Our Edmonton.

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