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August 26, 2022

Call to Artists - Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind

Hosted by Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba

Call to Manitoban artists who identify as Deaf and/or disabled for AANM’s art Festival: Crip Strength: Art + Body + Mind.

Crip Strength: Art + Body +Mind, will consist of a one-day event held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Crip Strength will also be presented virtually to reach rural artists who may not be able to travel to attend in-person, as well as for those in the Deaf and disability art community who are home-bound. There will be a juried exhibition of visual art, dance, theater, musical, literary performances and readings. 

Crip Strength will explore the concept of what is “normal” when it comes to disability. Through art, many artists who are Deaf and/or disabled are questioning assumptions of normality in how the mind and body perform. Deaf and/or disabled artists have much to share and teach the larger art community about access, creative problem solving and adaptation. These concepts have long been necessary for Deaf and/or disabled artists to participate in the larger arts community and have become even more relevant to the larger society as we live through a pandemic that requires us to self-isolate and find creative solutions to reach one another through alternative means. 

Crip Strength will occur at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on October 29th from 1pm-3pm. The theme for the juried art exhibition and performances is Creative AccessAbility.

This call is for submissions for a juried visual art exhibition and juried performance selection. Chosen visual artists may include two pieces of artwork in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on display for one day at the CMHR during Crip Strength and will then be exhibited at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) until December 2, 2022.

For performance artists (comedians, actors, musicians, poets, etc.) please include the run time of your performance and any needed equipment.

If you are a rural artist or from outside of Winnipeg, AANM can assist you to apply for a travel grant if selected. 

If selected you will receive full carfac fees of $367 for your participation.

Deadline to apply: August 26, 2022 5pm


If you need assistance with your submission you can contact Jenel Shaw at info@aanm.ca or 203-336-2366.

Applicants must be Manitoban and self-identify as disabled. AANM is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To that end, we ask for Deaf and disability, culturally diverse, Indigenous, LGBT2Q*, rural and northern self-identification in your application if you choose. Applications are confidential, reviewed by staff and jury members.

Artists must be AANM members to show with us. Free and sliding-scale memberships are available to those facing financial barriers. 


Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba

Phone number: 204-336-2366

Email: info@aanm.ca

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba is a regional not-for-profit artist run charitable organization dedicated to the full inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into all facets of the arts community.