Event Type: Artist talk

Accessibility On Stage and Off

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April 4th 12 PM – 2 PM UTC-05

More is being done to address accessibility in theatre and the arts in Winnipeg, but is it enough? How accessible are performances for audiences? How exclusionary are the spaces and processes we use in making theatre? Why is the inclusion of artists with disabilities essential to the continued development of the art form? Join Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, Sarasvàti Productions and Sick + Twisted Theatre for a frank discussion with guest artists and Disability advocates.

Accessibility

ASL Interpretation and audio description offered. Join the conversation from the comfort and safety of your own home. Livestream along with the panelists or opt out of video calling and watch without recording and communicate through the comments!

Free to all, donations welcome.

Topics:
– How accessibility has been addressed in Winnipeg’s art community and what still needs to be improved. How do we improve it?
– How do we reach different communities to ensure that the individuals who have traditionally been excluded are aware of new access services? “We offered ASL/Audio description but no one came to use it?”
– How can engaging artists with disabilities strengthen our artistic processes?
– Concrete ways for arts organizations and individuals to prioritize accessibility.

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The Accessibility of Victoria’s Arts Scene: A Community Conversation Part 2

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May 13 at 1:00 PM PST

Join us to think through the present state of accessible in Victoria arts community. What barriers have you found in showing, selling, or performing your work in Victoria? Are these barriers the same in other Canadian cities you have lived or worked in, or are they unique to Victoria? What current individual and organizational initiatives have been occurring in Victoria that have been working?

In creating a new program around theme of accessibility and art, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is looking for discussion and feedback in creating barrier-free projects centering on artists and individuals from the disabled, IBPOC, LGBTQ2+, and low-income communities. While conversation is encouraged, all are welcomed to sit in.

The conversation will feature Victoria-based artists Kate Collie and Joanne Cuffe to hear about their artistic practices as well as thoughts and lived experiences around the current state of accessibility.

Accessibility

To make this event as accessible as possible, the AGGV will be offering the following services:

-ASL Interpreter (must be requested by May 1)
-Captioning
-Transcription (offered about 2 weeks after the live webinar)
-Recording (offered about 2 weeks after the live webinar)

The AGGV understands access needs are different for everyone, and that these needs can also change and be different every day. To make a specific request, please email Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator at rshrumm@aggv.ca or phone at 250-896-8266.

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The Accessibility of Victoria’s Arts Scene: A Community Conversation Part 1

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April 27 at 1:00 PM PST

Join us to think through futurism of a fully accessible Victoria arts community. What do you want to see change in Victoria’s arts community so you can exhibit, perform, or sell your work? What organizations or cities’ programming do you think should be emulated? What else is possible? Do these programs make sense for all communities? How do we move beyond access to move us close to justice and intersectionality, not just inclusion, segregation, and accommodations?

In creating a new program around theme of accessibility and art, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is looking for discussion and feedback in creating barrier-free projects centering on artists and individuals from the disabled, IBPOC, LGBTQ2+, and low-income communities. While conversation is encouraged, all are welcomed to sit in.

The conversation will feature Vancouver-based artist Carmen Papalia and Victoria-based facilitator Parker Johnson who will talk about their experiences leading movements that model guidelines for mutual care.

Accessibility

To make this event as accessible as possible, the AGGV will be offering the following services:

-ASL Interpreter (must be requested by April 8)
-Captioning
-Transcription (offered about 2 weeks after the live webinar)
-Recording (offered about 2 weeks after the live webinar)

The AGGV understands access needs are different for everyone, and that these needs can also change and be different every day. To make a specific request, please email Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator at rshrumm@aggv.ca or phone at 250-896-8266.

Register for the Zoom webinar
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Thaumaturgy

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Through the art and science of ‘wonder-working’, Thaumaturgy generates an immersive and participatory call to action to fight for the future of our planet’s well being. Animated through the respective artforms of four Indigenous Disabled artists, the four elements of Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water meet at a juncture to story ceremony and sacred space for feeling and healing. Tobacco, Sage, Cedar and Sweetgrass work to resist the formalities of a gallery, giving way to living tableaus that tie together the four elemental installations. In paying homage to the land and the place we call home, we come back to our base teachings of love, respect for the ‘wonders’ of our environment, and the ability each of us has to reshape our future with our own hands.

Thaumaturgy is curated by Jaene F. Castrillon, in partnership with Charles Street Video.

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Merging Mindsets Conference

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Winnipeg’s first conference dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and digital technology; the experiences, the opportunities, challenges and achievements.

Joins us as we embark on an exciting community-building event that explores digital tech in art and the art in digital tech; while connecting the people between.

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Dipping into Diaspora

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In the long stretches between Home and “home” there are infinite stories, lessons, and longings. How many different people do we need to be? How many different languages must we carry in order to be understood? How many lands will we claim? How many will claim us, and what must be left behind? Join us for this panel with Rhea Tregebov, Rebecca Fisseha, Zalika Reid-Benta, Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros and hosted by Afuwa. And pack light, the journey is unfolding.

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Keynote: Kai Cheng Thom

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What is the role of the storyteller in the apocalypse? How can we reclaim love as an essential part of revolution? In Kai Cheng Thom’s keynote address, she will draw on narrative theory, trauma and attachment psychology, and community organizing experience in order to examine the meaning and importance of “radical love” in feminist literature and storytelling. Kai Cheng outlines the responsibility of the literary and storytelling communities in the face of late-stage capitalism, impending climate disaster, and an increasingly polarized political scene. She pushes back against “call-out” and “cancel” culture and envisions a more compassionate justice based on integrity, honour, and unrelenting belief in the sacredness of human dignity.

Keynote from Kai Cheng Thom

Accessing Ourselves: Crip Poetics And Writing Our Desires

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Join disabled, Deaf, mad, crip, ill, tired, traumatized artists who write ourselves into being. Witness our origin stories, our fire, the shit we can’t say on the city bus or at the doctor’s office that we long to say to ourselves or each other. Bringing together Deaf and disabled artists of Indigenous and settler backgrounds, Amanda Leduc, Alessandra Naccarato, and cast members Kat Norris, Caroline Hébert, and Sandra Pronteau from the production Unsettled, we’ll hold space for and celebrate a multiplicity of experiences, languages and cultures, while pushing against white supremacy and the systems that uphold it. As we exist in the in-between and write flourishing futures, let’s move toward a Deaf and disability justice-centred criplit, together. Moderated by Aimee Louw.

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Writing about Mental Health

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Discussions around mental health and illnesses might have become marginally less stigmatized than before, but haven’t become any less challenging to navigate. In this panel, we invite four writers who have written thoughtfully about depression, loss, grief, addiction, and childhood trauma—Alessandra Naccarato, Emma Hansen, Addie Tsai, and Rebecca Salazar—to share how they negotiate the complexities of mental health in their poetry, fiction, and memoir writing while honouring their own boundaries. Moderated by Lucia Misch.

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