International Day for Persons with Disabilities kicked off in Burnaby’s public libraries

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Community response encouraging art to remain on display all year
Wednesday December 7, 2011 — Ryan Rogers

Paintings have been put on display since the United Nations’ International Day for Persons with Disabilities Dec. 3, kicking off a week-long showing of art created by members of Artists Helping Artists (AHA).

The showing is a collaborative effort between AHA, an inclusive community-based artists co-operative supported by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI), the City of Burnaby’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and three public libraries.

Art site director Derek McElheron and co-op administrator Steve Quattrocchi from AHA helped plan art show.

“It was really good to get an in with the City of Burnaby and get to know the Access Committee and the event was a heck of a lot of fun,” says Steve.

The opportunity for networking, visiting with people and food were all worth the admission.

“It’s been getting a lot of positive feedback from the patrons of the library, which, when you do a library show, is what you’re looking for.”

Branch manager of the Tommy Douglas Public Library Roberta Summersgill says the inaugural showing has been low-key, but quite enthusiastic for the paintings on display.

It’s leading to a new relationship where art created by members of AHA is on display throughout the year.

The library is no longer just a silent warehouse for books, says Roberta.

“We’re out there to reflect what’s happening in the community, and we do form partnerships with community organizations. So this is a new partnership for us and one that I think we’ll keep working with,” she says.

Artwork is on display Dec. 2 – 9 at the Tommy Douglas Burnaby Public Library, the Cameron Burnaby Public Library and McGill Burnaby Public Library.

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