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Anika Vervecken

Canada - British Columbia

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Anika (she/her) is a queer, neurodiverse single mom who cares for a Deaf man with a developmental disability. She is a leader in accessibility for performing arts who uses her background in theatre, music and translation as well as her own lived experience to fully implement and hone her skills and vision as an access activator. Her work testifies to an ongoing pursuit of new ways to invite people to experience live performance. Anika is known for a people centred approach. Her first priority is always connection with the community you aim to serve, by connecting you with potential consultants and organizing consultations with community members. And though she is ambitious, she recognizes that any plan needs to include care for the team executing the work and that often means doing less while moving forward with care and intentionality.

Areas of Interest:

  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Community Arts
  • Curatorial Arts
  • Installation / Sculpture
  • Music
  • Sound Art
  • Dance / Movement Arts
  • Digital Arts and Media
  • Podcasting / Storytelling

Roles:

  • Practicing artist or maker
  • Trained professional service provider or consultant
  • Community member
  • Activist / ally

Expertise:

  • ASL Interpretation
  • Audio Description
  • Captioning
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Consulting
  • Policy Development
  • Environmental or Organizational Audits
  • Active Listening
  • Facilitation
  • Personal Support
  • Advisory Support

Identifies with:

  • Neurodiverse
  • Queer
  • Feminist