Event Category: Artist talk

Round Table Discussion with the Citadel’s “The Tempest”

A discussion with the cast and creative team of the Citadel Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which will be directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, past artistic director of the Tyst Theatre, Sweden’s National Theatre of the Deaf. The production will feature a collaboration between hearing and Deaf actors. Join the conversation as they examine the unique considerations of interweaving Shakespeare and ASL and the dynamics created by the joining of these two different groups on stage.

Presenters: Cast and crew of the Citadel’s The Tempest

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Cripping the Arts

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Cripping the Arts 2019 is three days of programming – panel discussions, co-creative workshops, exhibitions and performances – animating how Deaf, Mad, and Disability arts and activism changes how we experience art and culture as well as the ways our sector contributes, and leads to, the achievements of disability rights and justice movements.

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We invite you to join us as we explore, debate, and share emerging ideas and practices that relate to themes of representation and new models of leadership, disability culture in an increasingly digital world, and working in solidarity between disability rights, racial justice, decoloniality, and Indigenous sovereignty.

Panel discussions will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

Cripping the Arts 2019 is co-hosted by British Council, Creative Users Projects, Tangled Art + Disability, Ryerson University, and Harbourfront Centre.

Generously funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, TD, Canadian Heritage, Re-Vision: Centre for Art and Social Justice and Bodies in Translation.

Youth Assembly

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The Youth Assembly is a one-day FREE performing arts conference just for young people. Whether you’re curious or passionate about pursuing careers in the performing arts, you can explore various areas of interest through workshops, presentations, and conversation. This is your chance to share ideas, network and build community with fellow emerging arts professionals.

Visit pushfestival.ca/youth for details, or contact Youth Program Coordinator Natalie Tin Yin Gan at youth@pushfestival.ca.

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An Intimate Moment with Maanii Oakes

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Join artist Maanii Oakes for an intimate community session and discussing topics including maintaining authenticity in creative practices, the works and arts practice involved in FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC, and the disability arts community as a whole. Taking place on December 3 to recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Tangled Art Gallery will be open 12:00 – 5:00 pm.

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About the Artist
Maanii Oakes is a working nineteen year old Swampy Cree Anishnabek and Kanienkehaka cultural tattoo practitioner and visual artist in the mediums of skin stitch, handpoke, pencil crayon and most recently rawhide sculpture. Her work is influenced by her home of Eeyou Istchee, as pressed by her late grandfather in enacting Cree ways of governance and being. She tattoos both traditional and contemporary designs pulling from her own archival research and the strong material culture of her ancestors including bulrush weaving patterns and the painted caribou blankets of James Bay. In contrast her figurative pieces address recent history and present day colonialism, not pandering to loss of what she never had but rather looking to engage the stark reality of living culture seeping through layers of assimilation. Her practice also includes a variety of public speaking engagements and mentorship in community arts centering environmental justice and indigenous stewardship demonstrating her commitment to community and cultural exchange.

About the Exhibition:
FLOURISHING: SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC is the second exhibition in the FLOURISHING series, featuring Maanii Oakes and Richard Harlow. Hailing from opposite sides of the country, these two artists converge to present work illustrating the inescapable impact of one’s environments, natural and human. SOMEWHERE WE STAY AUTHENTIC offers the audience glimpses into the artists’ efforts to navigate potentially overwhelming terrain, negotiating their own versions of landscapes in which they are able to thrive. We can never truly escape our past or the forces that have brought us to the here and now, but perhaps in looking honestly and unflinchingly at who and where we are, we open ourselves up to the potential of co-creating of what will be.

Access and the Arts

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A presentation and discussion led by artist Aislinn Thomas about access in art spaces.

So often we use the word “accessible” as a shorthand for wheelchair accessibility, which doesn’t affirm the variety of barriers people with disabilities (and those without named disabilities) face. What can we do as artists, institutions, and community members to be truly and radically inclusive? What accessibility features do we need in order to participate in public life?

Led by local artist, Aislinn Thomas, this presentation seeks to broaden the definition of accessibility, make the case for a relational approach to access, and speak to the imaginative potential available to those who wish to fold points of access into their work and spaces. It will include ample time for discussion and sharing.

Free admission.

This workshop is part of the Flourishing project at Tangled Arts + Disability.

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