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Art of Disability Festival goes Sunday

The 7th annual event will be held at a new location this year, The Westin Nova Scotian's Commonwealth Ballroom
The Westin Nova Scotian hotel (Meghan Groff/

Nova Scotian artists with disabilities will be showcasing their work at the Art of Disability Festival this weekend.

The 7th annual event will be held at a new location this year, The Westin Nova Scotian's Commonwealth Ballroom.

At least 34 talented people will offer up a wide range of artistic creations, including crafts, jewelry, handmade cards, dances, performance art and poetry.

"You really can't go wrong with a festival that has just about every type of art," said festival coordinator Sara Graham."I think we have a chocolatier coming too, so some really delicious artwork."

She told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show the event will be wheelchair accessible, there will be visual sighted guides, a sound sensitive area and American Sign Language interpreters.

Graham hopes it will be their largest and most inclusive festival to date.

"We're really trying to bring together all kinds of people from all different backgrounds to appreciate the art that exists in the community of people with disabilities."

The festival is being put on by non-profit organization Independent Living Nova Scotia, which supports persons with disabilities make informed choices about how they want to live their lives.

"We support and offer programs and services that promote independent living," explained Graham. "It's about having choices, making decisions, taking risks, making mistakes and taking responsibility for your decisions."

The Art of Disability Festival goes Sunday, August 12 from noon to 5 p.m. It's a free event, but donations are appreciated.


Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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