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May 9, 2021

QAAC - Queer Accessible Arts Cabaret

Hosted by National AccessArts Centre (NaAC)

QAAC: A year of building a Queer Accessible Arts Cabaret in Calgary 

Calgary-based drag personality and multidisciplinary artist, Devery Bess has curated a year's worth of accessible arts programming designed to explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, and disability through the elements of contemporary cabaret.  

Over three seasons, the program will explore a wide variety of skills needed to bring an artistic vision to life. Focusing on both art-making and community building, the program will include workshops, field trips, group discussions, and opportunities to present artwork. 

This program is for artists that are 18 years and older. Artists of all skill and experience levels are welcome to enroll in this program.

Themes of sexuality will be explored openly and respectfully throughout this program. People of all genders and sexualities are welcome to participate in QAAC.

**Season 1: The DigiVolve - spring/summer 2021 ** A global pandemic has set the stage for digital art-making and sharing. This season will explore film, photography, and graphic design and how it is possible to stay creative and connected from home. Artist co-conspirators include Emma Li, Laura Balanko-Dickson and Ebony Gooden. 

Sundays from May 9 to August 29 Fee: $225.00

Participants will be welcomed to join the following seasons and Community Cabaret. 

Season 2: Words to Stage - fall 2021 Having ideas is one thing, but breathing life into them can be challenging. Artists will explore written and spoken art through comedy, spoken word, and theatre, and how those forms can be presented both digitally and in live performance. Artist co-conspirators Mel Vee X, Cindy Rivers and Landon Krentz.. Stay tuned for registration details to be announced in July 2021.

Season 3 - The rest is Drag - winter 2022   Contemporary cabaret is dominated by drag and burlesque performance, and both forms have been skyrocketing in popularity years. Artists will explore new skills in performing arts while building their own unique vision of what cabaret is for them. Artist co-conspirators Oliver Twirl and Mitch Graham will facilitate these sessions. Artists will also be invited to attend a Black History month showcase. Stay tuned for registration details to be announced in fall 2021.

Community Cabaret - spring 2022  All participants will be invited to showcase and celebrate the skills and artistic works by curating and producing a cabaret.

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ASL interpretation and captioning provided. Participants with other accessibility needs are encouraged to share those with NaAC, so appropriate arrangements can be made to provide those supports.


National AccessArts Centre (NaAC)

8038 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 0Y1, Canada

Phone number: (403) 253-3174

Email: info@ourIAC.ca

The Indefinite Arts Centre is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization, providing artistic training, creation, and exhibition opportunities for people with developmental, physical, and acquired disabilities. Every week, 300+ artists come through our 12,000 square foot multimedia studio and gallery space in Calgary. Working alongside talented instructors, our artists are supported and empowered to experience the entire artistic creation process – from conceptualization to exhibition.