Paul Freeman has been working with a variety of communities as an artist since he began his practice. Freeman has been a resident artist in many different schools offering children and youth art experiences in traditional media like drawing and printmaking as well as low tech photography and image manipulation. As an artist with a long history of supporting people without easy access to the art world Freeman has worked as an artist with youth at risk via established groups such as Edmonton’s Ihuman Society and the Old Strathcona Youth Co-Op, and the Fresh Start High Schools.
Freeman has provided art support and instruction to adults with developmental disabilities since he became the Art Express instructor at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1995, He continued with this work and established several other art classes for adults with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities before meeting Wendy Hollo and joining the team that established the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts in 2003. The Nina Haggerty Centre supports a collective of over 130 artists with developmental disabilities in developing their skills and becoming professional artists. Paul Freeman is the Centre’s artistic director and supervises it’s studio programs, develops new projects and mentorships between the centre’s collective and other practicing professional artists as well as exhibition curation and developing exhibition opportunities via the Stollery Gallery to emerging outsider artists in Edmonton.
Paul Freeman is a member of the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Arts and Culture Committee, and a former board member of the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton.