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With your help, we are amplifying the ways we represent our bodies, our experiences, and our practices in a world that's transforming to digital.

Accessing the Arts is a research and development initiative with a mission to amplify Deaf and disability culture and practice online. We are working with communities and arts organizations across Canada, co-creating and designing solutions in the arts sector that remove barriers and create opportunities for people with disabilities to connect to and access the arts in a digital world.

With your help we can:

  • Make visible and discoverable for the public, an inclusive arts culture.
  • Connect communities to the resources they need most to create accessible experiences in the arts.
  • Build opportunities for communities to co-create and innovate solutions that make Canada’s arts sector more accessible.

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With your help, we are amplifying the ways we represent our bodies, our experiences, and our practices in a world that's transforming to digital.

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Accessing the Arts Focus Groups

From April 24 – May 20, 2020, we hosted a series of online co-design thinking workshops facilitated by guest artists to open dialogue about accessing the arts and share stories around what it means to access artistic experiences pre and post COVID-19.

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Accessing the Arts: Case Studies from the Arts Sector

Creative Users Projects is holding a series of conversations with people and organizations who are making their online programming accessible to Deaf, blind and/or neurodivergent audiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked them to tell us about a recent accessible online event or project that they worked on, to learn more about their challenges, solutions, and the tools and resources that are helping to make digital accessible. We’ll be sharing these conversations as a series of case studies and a resource.

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Accessing the Arts: Exploring Models of Access

On Tuesday, February 18th, 2020, Creative Users, Luminato, Tangled Art + Disability, and Bodies in Translation hosted a two-part Think Tank with community members and stakeholders in the arts. We came together to explore how Toronto might work together to create better access for artists, arts organizations, and audiences using the Good Host model designed by Inside Out Theatre in Calgary, AB.

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Which side of the digital divide do you fall on?

We feel it’s more urgent than ever to stay connected with each other and share how we’re each navigating this challenging time in the digital world. On March 24th, the Creative Users Projects and Bodies in Translation research team met with a group of Deaf artists and stakeholders to discuss the challenges that artists are facing during COVID-19 and what the immediate needs and opportunities are.

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