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.

Our Edmonton filming in the main work room

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

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

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 Lamb and Leona Clawson

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:

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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'

Group of Artists

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.

Catch it each week Saturday at 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday at 11 a.m. on CBC TV.

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