Welcome! Accessing the Arts is a pilot initiative that is working towards becoming your go-to source for information about accessible arts and culture. Our goal is to promote accessibility in the arts and showcase how communities are reshaping the arts sector. We believe that art is for everyone!

If you are interested in posting your event, send us a message! If you would like to get involved and receive news and updates about this initiative, join our mailing list.

Note: We acknowledge that inclusion in the arts relies upon listening, communication, and being responsive. We also acknowledge that lived experiences of exclusion, discrimination and oppression are real and unique to each individual. For these reasons, and because we do not organize the events we list, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided, nor can we guarantee the quality of accessibility at events. Our goal is to make accessibility in the arts easy to find, and to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you, the user, can make informed choices based on your needs. Our hope is that, in doing this, we can put inclusion at the forefront of Canada’s arts sector.

Upcoming

September 18 - June 25 Textile Map-Making Workshops

Throughout the 2018-2019 season, artist Kay Noele will be offering textile map-making workshops developed in dialogue with the MAI’s visual arts exhibitions. As part of these workshops, participants will be… Read More

December 2 - December 22 East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz

Poor Dorothy! When a pipeline bursts, Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz, aka Nanaimo and Hastings. There, Dorothy is pursued by a Wicked Witch, meets… Read More

Zine

Cover of atrophy zine

Atrophy: Cripping rape culture
a zine produced by artists jes sasche, Jenna Mackay, Jordyn Taylor, and Wy Joung Kou

Atrophy is a compilation of raw collage and written text that reflects on and broadens the conversation on rape culture by examining its presence in society through the lens of disability experience.

An excerpt:

“Dear reader, I want to be very honest with you: the words you are about to read are heavy stones. We, a dedicated few, a part of a much larger many, have pulled them to show from the deep lake of secrets. Ancient as bones. they demand strength in their lifting. It is okay to not hold them all at once. They will wait still as long as you need them to. But they do ask for your consideration.” Read more…