Unveiled designs for art gallery for the disabled in Calgary


The National accessArts Center (NaAC) has unveiled designs for a new multidisciplinary arts center for people with disabilities valued at $ 12 million in Calgary.

Concept drawings and plans were developed by Dialog, a former NaAC employee. The facility will include an art gallery, coffee shop, event venues and outdoor meeting rooms. A multidisciplinary studio space forms the heart of the building, which also includes a sheltered roof terrace, open office management rooms for the 46 year old organization and a lower terrace that expands the building into an existing space ideal for small public gatherings.

“This is a landmark project for Calgary and puts our city on the map for another spectacular reason,” said Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu, President and CEO of NaAC. “Every city has a performing arts center, museum or art gallery – but Calgary will be the only city with an infrastructure that caters to the needs and talents of artists with disabilities. Now Calgary is truly becoming the national capital of this important, much-acclaimed element of our arts and culture. “

NaAC hopes to receive support from the Government of Canada’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program, which can potentially release 60 percent of the project’s eligible costs. When given the green light, the project will move on to subsequent stages of development, including the approval process by the City of Calgary, which owns the land.

“We are optimistic that the federal government will come on board. This project will not only create jobs through the construction process, but also fit perfectly with the desired results around a green and integrative infrastructure, which are described in this special funding program, ”added Ryu.

According to NaAC, the new building, in addition to the former Scouts Canada building, will realize the vision of a training and presentation campus for the disabled – the first of its kind in the world.

Construction should start this year.

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