the nina blog

individuals with autism find a home at Nina

by Wendy Hollo

It’s a sunny Saturday in January and the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts is bustling with the enthusiastic energy of kids, teens, and young adults creating. The morning sees 9 year-old Ahmed at the media centre, paging through cartoon montages for inspiration. Within minutes, he produces a near-perfect replication of his favourite characters in… Read more »

it’s cool, fun, dirty and smooth

by Wendy Hollo

Three kids are working at the end of a table creating faces out of clay.  I ask them to give me words to describe the Wednesday TELUS family art nights at the Nina.  They take turns chiming in and we come up with the list:  cool, fun, dirty and smooth.  Looking at their hands I can… Read more »

meet Damanjit

by Wendy Hollo

Damanjit (Daman) Grewal is smiling and drawing shapes with a black pen on paper in the main studio at the Nina. “What are you drawing?” I ask. “This is my basement. My dad is renovating it for me!” She is beaming now. “And what is this part over here?” “This is my dog. He is… Read more »