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September 29, 2021

Artist Community Roundtable - Culture Days, Arts Advocacy and Activism

For this special Culture Days edition of the Arts, Culture & Creative Industry Development Agency's monthly meet up, we present a guided conversation on how we can most effectively mobilize and advocate for the arts & culture sector locally and beyond- including speaking up for the creatives that make up our community.

Our invited guest Syrus Marcus Ware, a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator, and educator, will guide us through a discussion to help us think through questions like, how do we channel our energy? How do we re-imagine and reignite post pandemic? What causes are most important to us in 2021? How do we ensure folks don't slip through the cracks? Join fellow artists and culture workers to unpack these questions, and more. All are welcome. 

Syrus Marcus Ware is a Vanier scholar, visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus uses painting, installation and performance to explore social justice frameworks and black activist culture, and his work has been shown widely, including in a solo show at Grunt Gallery, Vancouver in 2018 (2068:Touch Change), for the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art and the Ryerson Image Centre (Antarctica and Ancestors, Do You Read Us? (Dispatches from the Future)), for the Bentway’s Safety in Public Spaces Initiative in 2020 (Radical Love) and at the Never Apart in Montreal. His performance works have been part of festivals across Canada, including at Cripping The Stage (Harbourfront Centre, 2016, 2019), Complex Social Change (University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2015) and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres (University of Winnipeg, 2015). He is part of the Performance Disability Art Collective and a core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto. His on-going curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2020) and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama.