Event Category: Workshop

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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Intro to Accessible Filmmaking

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When discussing accessibility in media, Described Video (DV) is often overlooked. Although DV has existed for decades, it has yet to be embraced in the same manner as closed captioning. However, if making your project accessible to the widest audience possible is your goal, DV cannot be overlooked.

In this workshop, run by Accessible Media Inc. described video specialist Simone Cupid, we will explore DV as a concept, its importance, and the art and science behind producing effective description. The workshop will segue into the introduction of Integrated Described Video (IDV), an AMI concept and innovation, whereby description is organically integrated into a project, alleviating the need and implications of a secondary audio track.

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PREP for Inclusive Process & Performance

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Performers of all ages, bodies and histories. Hosted by AcrossOceans Arts.

PREP for inclusive process and performance with these leading innovative artists who continue to achieve excellence in arts that embrace the magic of diversity, despite attitudes and environments that attempt to limit them to the margins.

Nov 25: 4-7 PM:
SYRUS MARCUS WARE animating an Activist Sewing Circle (description below)syrusmarcusware.com

Dec 9: 4-7 PM:
ALEX BULMER on speaking, hearing, communicating with different voices (description below) http://www.alexbulmer.co.uk/teaching

Dec 9: 7:30-8:30 PM:
PERFORM: informal sharing of short performances, experiments, ideas (after Alex’s class). Propose to perform (details below) > info@acrossoceans.org

Admission Free
pre-register to guarantee a spot > info@acrossceans.org < Send Proposal to Perform (details below) to info@acrossoceans.org

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NOV 25: Our Activist Sewing Circle

Join artist and activist SYRUS MARCUS WARE exploring activist aesthetics through the creation of a series of textile banners themed around disability justice & the movement for black lives.

Discuss processes for creating activist inspired art practices while creating a series of new collaborative works that will be donated to the movement for use in direct action.

Inspired by the Toni Cade Bambara quote about the role of the cultural worker from marginalized groups to make revolution irresistible, we will create beautiful textile pieces that address disability arts large scale.

For people of all ages, abilities and histories.

DEC 9: Speaking, Hearing & Communicating with different voices

ALEX BULMER will share her expertise in text & voice coaching and her experiences in how she has managed her creative life & career in the precarious world of performing arts.

Vocalizers of all forms are invited to attend including performers who speak through audio devices.

Bring a monologue, poem, text to a popular or children’s song you know well. We will explore how to express meaning and expression that is within the words and sounds, how we listen & receive a speech, ways to give feedback in groups & rehearsal environments, & discuss a life in the arts.

Dec 9: PERFORM > short, in-progress, new ideas of on inclusive performance > 7:30-8:30 after Alex’s class.

To PROPOSE: tell us about yourself, description & length of the work, people in it > info@acrossoceans.org

About the Artists

Alex Bulmer
Award-winning writer, director, performer, teacher, Alex divides her time working in Canada & Europe. Alex is co-Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre in Toronto, Artistic Director of Invisible Flash UK, Artistic Director of Toronto’s Cripping The Stage, & co-founder of Picasso Project, a ground-breaking disability arts initiative.

Alex applies her knowledge & sensitivities to coach performers with all voices. She has taught at The Central School of Speech & Drama London UK, The National Theatre School of Canada, George Brown College, & Ryerson University.

In 2014, Alex was named one of the most influential disabled artists by UK’s Power Magazine. She recently shared a best actress award with co-lead Margot Carghill at the 2017 Moscow International Disability Film Festival for her performance in Awake. Alex was a UK Aria Prize finalist for her 2017 song driven radio feature Sounds Like She, & writer of the stage play SMUDGE, which earned two Best New Play nominations in Canada, & Time Out Magazine’s Critics Choice during its UK premiere.

Companies she has worked with include The Royal Court Theatre UK, Graeae (UK’s leading disabled-led theatre company) Buddies In Bad Times, The National Arts Centre of Canada, The Boy Choir of Lesbos, London 2012 Olympics, Toronto Drag Kings, BBC radio (winning an AMI award for her adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Common Boots Theatre & Channel 4 series Cast Offs (nominated for BAFTA & Royal Television Society Awards).

Syrus Marcus Ware
Vanier Scholar, visual artist, activist, curator & educator, Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks & black activist culture. His work has been shown widely, including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Windsor & the curated content at Nuit Blanche 2017 (The Stolen People; Wont Back Down). Performance works have been in festivals across Canada, including Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015).

Syrus is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective, co-programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick & Disabled Extravaganza at Mayworks 2014. He is part of the Black Triangle Arts Collective (BTAC), a visual arts collective dedicated to exploring disability, racial & economic justice. Syrus’ recent curatorial projects include That’s So Gay: On the Edge, TSG: Fall to Pieces, TSG: Come Together (Gladstone Hotel, 2016, 2015 & 2014), Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014), The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013). He is also co-curator of The Cycle, a two-year disability arts performance initiative of the National Arts Centre.

Syrus is a facilitator/designer at The Banff Centre & for 12 years Coordinator of Youth Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth. He was the inaugural Daniel’s Spectrum Artist-in-Residence (2016/17). He is a member of Black Lives Matter-Toronto & Blackness Yes!/Blockorama. Honours include the TD Diversity Award (2017), “Best Queer Activist” NOW Magazine (2005) & the Steinert & Ferreiro Award for LGBT community leadership & activism (2012). Syrus is working on a PhD at York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies.

ACROSS OCEANS ARTS has been producing platforms to deepen open & inclusive expression through the arts & humanities for over 25 years. PREP Master Classes & Perform platforms are facilitated by Maxine Heppner & MIchelle Silagy. Pilot Research leading to PREP has been supported by the City of Toronto through the TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL’s Open Doors program.

A Journey in Rainbow Moccasins

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Workshop: A Journey in Rainbow Moccasins with Teddy Syrette

This workshop is facilitated by a 2-Spirit storyteller who engages participants to have small and large group discussions about the intersectional beauty and barriers of 2-Spirit/queer-trans Indigenous people.

This event is $5 or FREE with a Naked Heart Festival Pass. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There are also subsidized and free Festival Passes available.

More about Teddy:
Teddy is a 2-Spirit Anishnabek queer, gender fluid storyteller and queer-trans/Indigenous rights activist from Rankin Reserve of Batchewana First Nation. They currently love and live in Toronto.

Canada Council for the Arts Info Session

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Calling all artists working in the Toronto, Ontario area: join us at the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario on November 13 for an information session about the Canada Council for the Arts and the Toronto Arts Council’s funding programs. This session is designed to provide an overview on grants available to artists working across artistic fields of practice.

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Laura Beks, Program Assistant, at: laura.beks@canadacouncil.ca.

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Textile Map-Making Workshops

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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 invited to create a map-tapestry using different techniques such as sewing, knitting, and embroidery. Working together, they will learn new skills, share stories, and gain a richer perspective of the issues addressed in the exhibitions.

Contact Pablo Rodriguez, (514) 982-1812, ext. 225 for more details.

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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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