Event Type: Workshop

Writing for Ourselves

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Without the scrutinizing presence of ableism and audism it would be hard to know how to be. This rare, closed session for Deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mad, fatigued, undiagnosed, crip writers of all experience levels is a celebration. A protected space to share poetry or sections of writing and exchange ideas that are for us. In preparation for the public reading, “Accessing Ourselves: Crip Poetrics and Writing Our Desires,” facilitator and queercrip writer Aimee Louw invites crip and Deaf writers to witness, share, and build community. Can we balance being legible with writing our uncensored truths? What does it mean to write for ourselves?

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Making of an Opera

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Join Opera Atelier on Tues, March 3 for a free evening workshop about Handel’s The Resurrection! Come learn the behind-the-scenes secrets of this powerful art form; there will also be an opportunity to touch props, costumes and a small model of the stage design. All are welcome, and presentations are designed for Blind/Partially-Sighted persons. For more information, please contact Heather Dale, Opera Atelier Outreach Coordinator at 416-580-5258 or heather.dale@operaatelier.com.

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Anti-Oppression and Inclusivity in the Arts

"Workman Arts Presents Being Scene: Anti-Oppressiong and Inclusivity in the Arts Workshop" against a detail of "aftermath" by Shannon Taylor Jones, 2019

Join co-facilitators Parul Pandya and Belinda Ageda for a workshop on anti-oppression and inclusivity principles and practices for arts workers. This training will be tailored to arts educators, programmers, administrators and anyone else involved in contributing to arts spaces and programs in the city. For Community Partner discount, contact Cara Spooner, cara_spooner@workmanarts.com or 416-583-4339, ext 4.

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Belinda Ageda is an accomplished multi-disciplinary community artist with over 20 years of experience facilitating art-based workshops for social justice groups, community organizations and changemakers in Toronto and Montreal. Through her creative and mindfulness practices and with a focus on personal and collective liberation through holistic decolonization, Belinda specializes in process-centered facilitation that fosters creative exploration and powerful self-discovery in participants across all levels of art experience.

Parul Pandya (@communityimpactnpc) has been skillfully working in non-profit in various roles through the past decade, including as a community builder, consultant, programmer and producer. After managing in community granting for the largest government funder in Canada, she seamlessly transferred her knowledge, passion and skills to open her own consulting practice. Community Impact Non-Profit Consulting strategically enables community engagement and equitable innovation.

Her attraction to advocacy emerged with her work as a Queer South Asian freelance writer/poet, over a decade ago. She strongly believes representation matters and it’s important to share stories. She has a deep passion for ethics and social justice, which she teaches at Centennial College. She feels fulfilled when using community arts as a tool for community engagement and colourful expression.

Two-Day Workshop for Deaf Artists

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The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is hosting a series of grant-writing workshops for Deaf artists. Learn about OAC support for Deaf artists. Anita Small and Joanne Cripps are the presenters for the workshop aimed at Deaf artists.

RSVP deadline: March 11

Attendance required on both days of the workshop. Light refreshments provided. Bring laptop and resume for feedback. Limited space is available. Sign up is on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate any accessibility needs or dietary restrictions when you register.

Registration:
Nina Charest, Program Administrator
ncharest@arts.on.ca
416-969-7417
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7417

Learn how to

  • describe your artistic vision
  • review grant sources
  • outline project activities and timelines
  • communicate artistic impact
  • develop a balanced budget
  • prepare your resume and biography
  • provide strong artistic support documents
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Two-Day Workshop for Deaf Artist Newcomers to Canada

Ontario Arts Council logo in black and burgundy

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is hosting a series of grant-writing workshops for Deaf artists. Learn about OAC support for Deaf artists. Anita Small and Maryam Hafizirad are the presenters for this workshop aimed at Deaf artist newcomers to Canada.

RSVP deadline: February 12

Attendance required on both days of the workshop. Light refreshments provided. Bring laptop and resume for feedback. Limited space is available. Sign up is on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate any accessibility needs or dietary restrictions when you register.

Registration:
Nina Charest, Program Administrator
ncharest@arts.on.ca
416-969-7417
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7417

Learn how to

  • describe your artistic vision
  • review grant sources
  • outline project activities and timelines
  • communicate artistic impact
  • develop a balanced budget
  • prepare your resume and biography
  • provide strong artistic support documents
Filed under

Accessible Art and Design: Cultivating Disability Arts

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Join the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility for a webinar on February 12th, 12pm – 1pm, to learn more about accessible art and design. Organizations across Ontario and Canada are helping to cultivate disability arts and support access to the arts for artists and audiences with disabilities. Two organizations will be discussing their work together in helping showcase and promote artists with disabilities from visual, performing, media arts, film and integrated art forms.

Tangled Art + Disability is a registered charitable organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for artists with disabilities.

Surface Impressions is an organization that has been helping the cultural sector get the best from digital media, particularly in relation to accessibility.

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Access-First Musical Theatre

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Do you love musical theatre? Have you always wanted to learn to perform your favourite Broadway songs? If so, we invite you to join us for our accessible musical theatre program! Access-First Musical Theatre is a collaborative musical theatre program that embraces the diverse needs and talents of performers with developmental disabilities and ASD (ages 18-30). Together we will learn to tell stories through song and dance, with a final showcase performance for friends and family!

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Integrated Dance Forum

All Bodies Dance Project on stage. Photo credit: Erik Zennstrom.

The InterdepenDance Collective invites the public to learn about and experience mixed-ability dance. Dance artists will share ways for increasing access, equity and cross-disability leadership in the arts. The day will also build connections among people involved in dance on the island and encourage future collaborations.

Feel free to register for just part of the day.

This event takes place in the homelands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.

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Intro to Inclusive Choreography

All Bodies Dance Project on stage. Photo credit: Chris Randle.

About All Bodies Dance Project: “Our work brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore the endless creative possibilities in difference. We seek to make opportunities for every body to discover dance and for artists with disabilities (and without) to access dance training. We want to widen the spectrum of who dances and what dance can be.”

Workshop topics include: ideas for choreographing difference and relationship, tools for collaborative composition, tips on how to direct in integrated dance (even if you are rotating the role in a collective), and examples of nonvisual ways of presenting dance.

Optional performance: Workshop participants are invited to be part of a group sharing (informal performance) during the Integrated Dance Forum on Sunday February 16th at Gordon Head Recreation Centre at 11:30am.

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Creating Sign Language Magic

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Explore the possibilities for creating accessible sign language productions for d/Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and sign language users. This workshop looks at multiple approaches, using select performance excerpts to demonstrate interpretation, shadowing, and acting practices. In addition, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at what you have learned in small groups.

Presenters: Thurga Kanagasekarampillai and Sage Lovell

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