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We need your help to Keep the Love Alive in our studios.
The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
Edmonton, Alberta
2 Team Members

Cheryl’s Story

When Cheryl first came to The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, she defined herself as a person with a disability. As she began to focus on her artwork and the development of her artistic practice, she started to define herself in a new way. She realized that she was an artist, and just like any artist, she has something to say. Art is her way of saying it.

Along the way, she met John, who was going through the same process — discovering his abilities and changing his personal view.

Now, Cheryl defines herself as a woman in love. Nearly every minute is spent with John, making art and exuding happiness.

Cheryl and John are two of over 160 artists who make their studios at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts (“The Nina”) in Edmonton, Alberta. The Nina (pronounced “nine-ah”) is a place where people with disabilities and a story to tell can express themselves through art of any kind — from paintings and sculptures to animation and dance. While experiencing total artistic freedom, people like Cheryl and John begin to reconsider the way they see themselves.

Whether it’s a person, the centre or art itself, everyone who enters The Nina falls in love with something.

Cheryl and John making art at The Nina's studio.

Keep the Love Alive: Support the Nina

We need your help to keep the love in our studios alive. In 2009, thanks to support from the Alberta government and a loan from the City of Edmonton, our dream of our very own permanent location became a reality. It’s now time to make a big payment on that loan, due in November 2013.

The Stollery Charitable Foundation, a great friend and long-time supporter of The Nina, has promised to match any donation we receive by November 30, 2013 to a maximum of $125,000.

Essentially, every dollar you donate is doubled. Your support makes a mural-sized difference.

It’s a lofty goal but if only 1,000 people give $125 each, we can reach it.

The Nina's permanent home on 118 Ave.

A Bit About The Nina

The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts is a unique blend of an arts, disability and community development organization.

It opened in rented space in 2003 as a place where adults with developmental disabilities could grow as artists. It started with just one person working one-on-one with a professional artist. Today, there are more than 160 artists with disabilities working in five studios. Between eight and 10 professional artists and a roster of enthusiastic volunteer artists provide guidance and encouragement.

As they spend more time in the studios, the (dis)abled artists develop their own creative style and practice. Many have shown their work in galleries, festivals and travelling exhibitions across Canada and as far away as Scotland and Brazil.

Artists hard at work in The Nina's drawing and painting room.

Our studios, an anchor in an inner city neighbourhood, also provide a safe, accessible and inspirational environment for many community groups and events. Once a less-than-reputable environment, this beleaguered neighbourhood is transforming itself through grassroots community engagement. It is steadily gaining a reputation as Edmonton’s newest arts district, home to festivals, galleries, unique shops and restaurants and of course, the Nina! Visit theavenuemovie.com to learn more about our ‘hood.

If you’re in Edmonton, come down to 9225 118 Ave. and feel the love. Our studios are open to the public every weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You don’t have to be in the Edmonton area to help out. Check us out on the web, tell your friends, tweet about us (#keepthelovealive) and give what you can.

Thank you. Every little bit helps keep the love alive. 

Note to Canadian donors: Tax reciepts are available for donations over $25. Email info@thenina.ca to request one. 

The Perks

Discovery ($25) - Desktop wallpaper + our gratitude

A painting by Louis O'Coffey, available as a desktop wallpaper.

By Louis O'Coffey

"Antelope" by Louis O'Coffey, one of the paintings available as a desktop wallpaper for a $25 donation.

By Louis O'Coffey

Peter Kolmatycki, acrylic on paper, one of the desktop wallpapers available for a $25 donation.

By Peter Kolmatycki 

Peter Kolmatycki, acrylic on paper, one of the desktop wallpapers available for a $25 donation.

By Peter Kolmatycki

"Robot" by Robert Armstrong, one of the desktop wallpapers available for a $25 donation.

By Robert Armstrong

Insight ($50) - Keep the Love Alive button

The Keep the Love Alive logo as it will appear on buttons.

If you donate $50 to #keepthelovealive, you'll be rewarded with a button emblazoned with the campaign's logo. 

Art Cards

Below are examples of the art you may receive as the art card perks ($125 or $250). 

"Bats" by David Canough

"Bats" by David Canough

"Spidey" by David Canough

"Spidey" by David Canough

"Grumpy Men" by Linda Vincent

"Grumpy Men" by Linda Vincent

"After Van Gogh" by Linda Vincent

"After Van Gogh" by Linda Vincent

"Owl" by Bruce Bazinet

"Owl" by Bruce Bazinet

"Caribou" by Bruce Bazinet

"Caribou" by Bruce Bazinet

"Bear" by Randy Stennes

"Bear" by Randy Stennes

Limited Edition Prints by Cheryl and John

Below are examples of previous work by the stars of our video, Cheryl and John. The perks will be specially made for the donors, but will be in a similar style to those shown below. 

A magnificent piece by John Wilson

By John Wilson

A piece by Cheryl Anhel

By Cheryl Anhel

One of Cheryl Anhel's magnificent works.

By Cheryl Anhel

Find This Campaign On
raised by 66 people in 2 months
7% funded
No time left
$125,000 CAD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on September 15, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $25CAD

    You helped keep the love alive. To show our gratitude, we will email you a desktop wallpaper and we (@ninahaggertyart) will tweet a heartfelt thank you.

    9 claimed
  • $50CAD

    A (2" diameter) button featuring our “Keep the Love Alive” logo.

    9 claimed
  • $125CAD

    A set of four 5" x 7" greeting cards featuring work by various artists in The Nina's collective.

    8 claimed
  • $250CAD

    A 8" x 10" matted original art card featuring work by one of The Nina's artists. Suitable for framing.

    3 claimed
  • $500CAD

    Your choice of a limited edition, signed, handmade print by Cheryl Anhel or John Wilson. 11x 14" (28 x 35.5 cm) Archival ink on fawn Stonehenge paper.

    3 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $750CAD

    A limited-edition, handmade print by Cheryl Anhel and John Wilson signed by both artists. 14" x 20" (35.5 x 51 cm) Archival ink on fawn Stonehenge paper.

    0 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000CAD

    Get it all — an art button, a set of five art cards, an original, unframed piece of art and your name on our Friend Wall.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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