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Over the last nine years the SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.) has functioned as an intensive program focused on the business of the arts, for a select group of emerging artists. This year, S.L.I.P. is continuing its growth to intersect with the wider arts community and evolving in response to the evolving performance ecology.

This year, SummerWorks, in partnership with Generator, b current, and Tangled Arts + Disability, are hosting public events about how to remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice. These events are free and open to everyone!

Core Dialogue: Arts, Access, and Aesthetics
Barak adé Soleil, Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability and disability arts scholar Eliza Chandler will co-facilitate a core dialogue and presentation on the ways in which cultural production and accessibility co-exist. What is disability aesthetics? And, how does our understanding of aesthetics expand when we consider how people access and relate to our work?

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Tuesday, August 8, 10:00AM

(re)conciliation: Integrating Indigeneity and Decolonizing Performance Practice
The land acknowledgement perfunctorily performed by rote will not serve the fraught, complex project of reconciliation; indeed, it may, at the end of the day, render such an endeavor an exercise in futility. How do artists go beyond the learning of names, or geography, or historical fact to begin decolonizing their practice? How do we re-imagine our relationship with this land upon which we create? Cole Alvis (Métis) and Jill Carter (Anishinaabe-Ashkenazi) lead a workshop for artists on how we can more actively engage in (re)conciliation.

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Tuesday, August 8, 2:00PM

The Case for Relaxed Performance
Relaxed Performance (RP) as a cultural practice helps to make theatre spaces more comfortable and welcoming to audience members with autism spectrum disorders, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities. This workshop will explore how cultural producers, artists and arts organizations can more widely and independently integrate RP principles within their work and creative process. This workshop will be led by Access Activators, a Relaxed Performance pilot consulting project.

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Wednesday, August 9, 10:00AM

Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop
This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop.

Artscape Youngplace Studio 103 Wednesday, August 9, 2:00PM