RICHMOND HILL, ON (December 3, 2018) — L’Arche Canada today launched an online Art Exhibition (art.larche.ca) to recognize the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This exhibit begins the year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of L’Arche in Canada.
The L’Arche Canada Art Exhibition features works by 31 artists with intellectual disabilities from each of the L’Arche communities in nine provinces. The artwork was selected by the community to express the theme Celebrate the Gift: belonging, diversity, and inclusion.
L’Arche has embraced community arts as a means of creating belonging and inclusion in the wider community while nurturing the creative expression of each person. “Art opens a window into how others see and understand the world. This art exhibit opens our eyes to see the world from the mind and heart of persons who often are ignored, people with intellectual disabilities. Note the lines, the vibrancy of the colour and the movement displayed in the art. Each artist has much to share.” -from the Art Exhibition Welcome page.
Jean Vanier, son of Canada’s former governor general Georges Vanier, founded L’Arche in 1964 in France. L’Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill, Ontario, was the second community of L’Arche, started by Steve and Ann Newroth in October 1969.