Event Category: Project

Sync Canada

Deadline to apply: March 23

About Sync

Sync Leadership is a disabled-led programme exploring Deaf and disabled leadership, founded in 2009 by Sarah Pickthall and Jo Verrent, two disabled leaders based in the UK.

The programme combines leadership theory with one to one coaching, supporting participants to develop their leadership potential. Sync has already run programmes in Australia, South Korea, Singapore and the UK.

Sync Canada is supported by British Council and Canada Council for the Arts. This May, in Toronto, we will work with Deaf and disabled leaders working in arts, culture, heritage and media in Canada, developing new skills, confidence and solutions so those chosen can move their careers forward with renewed purpose.

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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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Arts Ahead 2020

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This year Arts Ahead aims to inspire attendees to change their perspectives on how they make art or manage an arts organization in order to adapt to the current political, social, and environmental culture. Our goal is to examine the current changes happening within the arts and its management, as well as the future changes that will be necessary in order to adapt.

View a full list of this year’s speakers!

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Our key topics this year are:
Emerging and New Generation Art Professionals and Art Leaders
Art and Activism/Art for Social Justice
Immersive and Interactive Experiences: Encouraging new ways to create and consume art
Breaking Barriers in Creating and Producing: How we can make art as accessible as possible

Representation & Access: Bridging the Gap in Theatre Practice

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Citadel Theatre is very excited to announce the next phase of THE EXCHANGE Industry Series: connecting with local community members to drive the conversations they would like to be having about theatre in Edmonton. We are pleased to welcome Carly Neis and Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks as our first community collaborators on this series, and we thank them for their commitment to this project!

On Sunday, January 26, Citadel Theatre invites our industry colleagues to join us for a conversation on accessibility in theatre for artists who navigate disability and ableism in their journey to have their voice heard on stage.

The evening will include a community conversation with four theatre practitioners, each of whom will share their own journey with disability and how they advocate for themselves and others in artistic processes or creative spaces: Kristi Hansen (actor and producer), Christopher Imbrosciano (advocate and actor in Citadel Theatre’s Cost of Living), Carly Neis (actor and playwright), and Teal Sherer (writer, advocate, and actor in Citadel Theatre’s Cost of Living).

Topics may include real and perceived ableism, representation on stage (selecting or creating productions, creative team curation, casting), proactive measures producers and creators can take to ensure accessibility for artists (short term for specific projects, and long term for equity in all projects), acceptable language and “labels,” and accessible spaces and policies for audience members. At the end of the evening, we will open up the conversation to the audience for continued group dialogue and discussion.

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Citadel Theatre acknowledges that staff members organizing this event do not have lived experience with disability, and are working with a group of artists with lived experience to plan this event. Our organizing group acknowledges that we may have differing experiences, views and vocabularies for the above topics, and are committed to a safe, respectful dialogue in a spirit of generosity.

Wheel Voices TuneIN! Round Table

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Wheel Voices TuNeIN! is a response to YOUR enthusiasm to create a new large-scale community show integrating music in all kinds of ways!

Professional artists – with and without disabilities – will lead twice-weekly participatory workshops over a 15-18-week period, culminating in a three-night production at the Roundhouse Performance Space (May 28-30, 2020).

Create your own original scene work, monologues, rap, spoken word, etc. and we’ll seamlessly integrate musical elements (choral work, drumming, potentially producing loops, clips, samples, or rhythms), mixed together to create ‘mash-up’ compositions that support stories rooted in the disability experience.

Our Wheel Voices projects are transformative! We build new social bonds, engender pride in the disability identity, and impact audience perceptions about disability. We harness theatre-based tools to unite community and foster increased empathy, social connection, and cooperation.

How to get involved
In early 2020, we’ll host round tables with the community to bounce ideas and clarify expectations. Email us if you’d like to participate in a round table (the best way to learn what this project will be about), and we’ll send you an invite.

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Beauty to Be Recognized: Relaxed Performance Fashion Show

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As Fashion students at Ryerson University, we are coordinating a relaxed performance fashion show for our course. Over the past 9 weeks, we have been working with Tangled Art + Disability and the British Council to educate ourselves on how we can contribute to, and advocate for an accessible, inclusive fashion industry.

By curating a fashion show based on the principles of relaxed performance and disability justice, and collaborating with disability-identified individuals and organizations, we are doing something that’s never been done before and we want you to be a part of it! The term “fashion show” may sound intimidating to some. The fashion industry often excludes and even exploits marginalized groups, but we are on the path to changing that narrative.

We would also love for you to share this invitation with others. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome!

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Not So Blue Mondays (CANCELLED)

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Are you living with brain injury and looking for a creative outlet? Come to our weekly Drop-In! Create & present your own poetry, short stories, music and more at Not So Blue Mondays.

Engage in a lively discussion about arts, culture and MORE – with a NEW TOPIC every week.
Got some writing or music of your own to share? Here’s a great space to do it!

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Expressions: The 4th Art Show

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Returning for its 4th year, the art show has become a much-anticipated gathering for art-lovers of the Addus community and beyond. “Expressions” features over 30 original works by artists of the Addus creative collective, including paintings, ceramics, photography and more.

Admission to this event is free, and all proceeds go to support the artists with developmental disabilities at Addus.

  • Meet the artists.
  • Visit the shop for greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, and other products inspired by the creative collective.
  • A silent auction will be held.

More information on the Addus website

DEEP 2019

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Objective: Designing Enabling Economies Policies (DEEP) is an annual event to dig more deeply into emerging complex or “wicked” problems and opportunities that require multi-perspectival collaboration and insights from a diversity of participants, especially participants who may be left out of but profoundly affected by decisions.

Prepare to discuss the State of Inclusion.

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DEEP 2019 at a Glance

9:00-9:30 Registration and Networking
9:30-12:15 The State of Inclusion
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-4:00 Digging DEEPer I & II–The DEEP workshop series
4:00-4:30 Unwrap-up
4:30-6:00 DEEP Reception & Speaker’s Round Tables

The full agenda is available on the DEEP 2019 website.