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Launch of the L’Arche International Online Art Exhibition


"47 Centre Street" by Tom Krysiak, L'Arche Daybreak

“47 Centre Street” by Tom Krysiak, L’Arche Daybreak

Founded in 1964 in France by Jean Vanier, L’Arche is an international Federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks for people who have intellectual disabilities. This year L’Arche celebrates its 50th anniversary.

As part of its Jubilee celebrations, L’Arche International is launching an online art exhibition on December 3rd, the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

From its beginnings in 1964, L’Arche has always emphasized the importance of creating an environment where people with disabilities could express their creativity. Most L’Arche communities around the world have art workshops and studios where people can develop their artistic gifts.

The exhibition, which features 72 paintings from artists with intellectual disabilities from 25 countries, offers a window into the creative gifts of L’Arche artists from around the world. The paintings are as varied and unique as the cultures from which they come from.


I hope that you will take time to look at [the paintings], contemplate them, and listen to them because these paintings have been done by people who frequently have difficulties in different ways. As you look at the paintings look at the people through the paintings. These are people who have in some way lived an element of rejection but in point of fact they are incredibly beautiful people. They might have difficulty making speeches and things like that but they have beautiful gifts – gifts to be given. These paintings are gifts that they have done and remember that painting is the song of the heart.


An international panel of artists and curators from Canada, France, the United States, Sweden and the United Kingdom were invited to select one painting and write a reflection on it. Members of the jury include artists Reinhard Reitzenstein, Yves Charnay and Birgitta Nordström.

The online exhibition also features a short biography of each artist, as well as contact details for his or her L’Arche community.

The L’Arche International Online Art Exhibition:

For all press inquiries, contact exhibition curator Jacquie Boughner at [email protected]

About L’Arche International

L’Arche is an International Federation dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs and support networks where people who have intellectual disabilities and people without intellectual disabilities live mutual relationships and share daily life, building community together.

There are currently 147 communities in 35 countries. Each community is comprised of homes and day programs, which operate according to a not-for-profit model. Our model of care is unique: people with intellectual disabilities are at the heart of L’Arche – not as clients, patients, or recipients of services but as friends, teachers and companions.

L’Arche supports the personal growth and development of each member so that they can fully develop their potential. Communities provide work, therapeutic and leisure activities that are a source of dignity and fulfillment for their members.

L’Arche communities give each person the confidence and skills to grow, to achieve their life-goals and to make a contribution to society regardless of their intellectual and physical limitations. This is done through the development of long-term mutual relationships, providing a stable home environment, on-going training of those who provide assistance to community members with disabilities, and partnerships with professional care providers and government authorities.

About L’Arche Daybreak

L’ARCHE DAYBREAK is a community that celebrates the gifts of people of all abilities. Founded in 1969, it is part of the International Federation of L’Arche, founded by Jean Vanier. L’Arche Daybreak was the first L’Arche community in North America. It is located in Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada.

Today L’Arche Daybreak includes eight homes and several dynamic places of work and creativity: The Woodery, The Craft Studio, The Club, The Day Program, The Spirit Movers dance troupe, and The Movers & Shakers drama ensemble.

L’Arche Daybreak is a vibrant example of how people of different intellectual ability, social origin, religion and culture can live and learn together.

L’Arche International
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