The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts ensures art is accessible

Operations will look a bit different for The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts this spring after suspending their studio and community programs earlier this year due to COVID-19. Instead of in-studio events and classes, the centre will be offering art classes for the whole family online throughout the month of May and into June.

Lorraine Shulba, a practicing artist, will be facilitating both the Community Art Night and the Family Art Night remotely through Zoom meetings for all who would like to follow along. Beginning the last week in April, The Nina website will include a list of supplies needed for each upcoming class and instructions on how to get the supplies yourself, including delivery through The Nina, prior to each class. The classes are free and instructions on how to join will be posted on the website.

“Classes will follow the same format and will be kept simple,” says Shulba, referencing the in-studio classes they would normally hold twice a week. Instruction in a variety of different art forms will be offered, including painting, sculpting, and fibre arts. This is a great opportunity to expand your creative repertoire safely from the comfort of your home. 

The Nina, founded in 2003, is a non-profit centre for art consisting of artists with developmental disabilities, facilitated by professional, practicing artists through mentorship, workshops, and small group sessions. The centre has grown to include over 200 members with their work being exhibited across Canada and internationally. They also run the Stollery Gallery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Information on the classes offered can be found on


Featured Image: Lorraine Shulba will be instructing participants remotely. | Supplied