L’Arche Genesaret will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018, and has been a quiet but constant presence in Canberra for many years. It offers supported living in community households together with a rich social and cultural life, for adults living with intellectual disability who are looking to lead full and rewarding lives in friendship with others who are seeking community and connection.
It is now branching out into a social enterprise: The Hub in Phillip. Among the Hub’s several aims is the desire to establish a venue for social and cultural purposes where people with an intellectual disability are hosts and owners of the space and where an inclusive audience for the arts can grow; and, through Foundation Arts courses taught with a difference, a place where people with and without intellectual disability can experience each other as creative equals. In time, the Hub will work towards incubating arts-based micro-businesses and other social enterprises.