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June 3, 2022

Call for Proposals: QUIET PARADE

Hosted by MSVU Art Gallery, Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival (BAAFF), Eyelevel

In collaboration with MSVU Art Gallery, and with support from the Bluenose Ability Arts and Film Festival and Eyelevel Gallery, artist Aislinn Thomas is seeking proposals and participants for QUIET PARADE, a sensory-friendly celebration taking place in Kjipuktuk / Halifax on the afternoon of October 15, as part of Nocturne 2022.

As its name suggests, QUIET PARADE will be a parade but also a platform to collectively create a vibrant, extravagant, low-stimulation event that embraces access as a shared and interdependent practice. Through parade floats, creative movement, wearable art, puppeteering, and other forms of creative non-auditory expression, QUIET PARADE seeks to embody a quiet that interrupts the noise of the city, experimenting with new ways of creating and sharing space together.

Proposals that support and prioritize BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour), racialized, LGBTQIA2S+, and multiply-marginalized artists, creativity, and communities are encouraged. There are no limitations to who can propose an idea for the parade – individuals, artists, ad-hoc community groups, or organizations are all encouraged to submit proposals. Fully formed concepts are not necessary and applicants are invited to interpret the Call for Proposals creatively.

The deadline for proposals is June 3, 2022 at 12:00pm ADT ***** For the full Call for Proposals, including an ASL version, more information about proposals and participation, funding and artist fees, access and accessibility, the submission process, and additional ways to contact organizers, visit msvuart.ca.

If you have questions or need any assistance/support with your proposal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to quietparade2022@gmail.com.


While all are welcome to submit a proposal, QUIET PARADE centers folks who are Mad, d/Deaf, Sick, disabled, chronically ill, Spoonie, Crip, neurodivergent, and labelled with intellectual or developmental disability. QUIET PARADE recognizes that disability and language is fluid and that there can be barriers to identifying as disabled. QUIET PARADE holds space for uncertainty about disability identity and for those who do not have a relationship with disability culture, language, or community.

QUIET PARADE is guided by the understanding that accessibility is contextual, varied, and dynamic. While QUIET PARADE centers low-sensory accessibility, it’s important that everyone who wishes to participate is able to do so. Organizers are committed to addressing access conflicts and are working to create a range of points of access to QUIET PARADE. Examples of forms of access that will be integrated into QUIET PARADE are visual description, seating options, a Loud Zone, fragrance reduced / low-toxicant products, ASL interpretation, and an Access Guide.

Included in the commitment to accessibility is the prioritization of safety and wellbeing within the context of COVID-19. All aspects in the planning and creation of QUIET PARADE will uphold or exceed public health recommendations and prioritize the needs of participants in this ongoing pandemic.


MSVU Art Gallery

Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS, B3M 2J6, Canada

Phone number: (902) 457-6160

Email: art.gallery@msvu.ca

Opened in 1971, MSVU Art Gallery is dedicated to contemporary art with an emphasis on women as cultural subjects and producers. Exhibitions explore various forms and highlight the achievements of artists in all career phases. MSVU Art Gallery promotes critical access to its exhibitions through publications, lectures, and educational programs, recognizing socially engaged practices as models of aesthetic distinction and political imagination. Consistent with the principle that exhibition spaces are civic spaces, the Gallery is committed to normalizing accessible presentation practices throughout its public programs. Admission is always free.

Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival (BAAFF)

3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 201, Halifax, NS, B3L 4H9, Canada

Phone number: 902-429-5878

Email: hello@baaff.ca

Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival was created to provide opportunities for individuals of all ages, abilities, and identities to connect with, share in, and gain a greater understanding of disability culture through the power of visual and performing arts. Every year we come together to celebrate and showcase a spectrum of voices unique to peoples living with disabilities by creating a platform that extends throughout our community and across the world. The arts allow people to explore, portray and capture their views and lived experiences in accessible ways, regardless of the medium. We extend an invitation to participants of all kinds: those who identify as persons living with disabilities, friends and families of those facing challenges or barriers in regards to mental or physical health, through to whoever else has a message to share - we want to hear from you.


2482 Maynard St, Halifax, NS, B3K 1K4, Canada

Phone number: 902 425 6412

Email: director@eyelevel.art

Eyelevel is an arts worker/artist-run organization mandated to present and support the development of socially-relevant and thought-provoking artistic practices locally, regionally and nationally. Eyelevel supports artists through residencies, mentorship, publishing and presentation outside of a traditional gallery context that is accompanied by care-oriented and trauma-informed artistic, professional and personal support. Eyelevel aims to raise public awareness and capacity of our local arts community; particularly artists and arts workers who have been historically underserved and misrepresented in the contemporary art dialogue. Eyelevel strives to be a connector between artists, communities and the broader public, to constantly question the balance of power and work against systemic oppression and discrimination by centring anti-violence and pro-survivor practices. Eyelevel works in treaty to build a more inclusive and caring world through art, and to advance positive change within the arts through its operations, policies and programming.