Network Connector Meetups

Helping you discover and connect to the Deaf and disability arts community.

About Network Connector meetups

Do you:

  • wish you could connect with artists who have similar lived experiences as you?
  • want the opportunity to meet up with a group of your fellow creatives to talk about art?
  • want to learn more about the tools and tips that inspire other creatives to keep going?
  • want to learn from Deaf and disability-led perspectives and experiences?

You are a creator/artist, producer, curator, executive director or arts worker who is passionate about disability and accessibility in the arts but the pandemic is making it difficult to meet new artists!

Regardless of lifting restrictions, the pandemic is NOT over. With many Deaf and disabled people staying home rather than risk getting sick, our ability to find community and meet new people continues to be a challenge.

Network Connector meetups are here to connect you to new artists so that you can expand your network and learn from others!

What are others saying about meetups?

“This opportunity to meet for peer learning and advice from another artist, open to addressing specific questions, feels very helpful; thanks for the chance to learn more about another cool community artist, and to get a good tip i hadn’t thought of!”
– seeley quest

Benefits:

  • Connect with Deaf and disabled artists who inspire you!
  • Share what you’re working on and get feedback and advice.
  • Trade stories and experiences in a supportive and disability-centred space.
  • Discover your community and expand your network!
  • Play a role supporting and cultivating Deaf and disabled artists across Canada.

How it works

  • Submit a request to join a meetup so that we know what you hope to get from your meetup and what you’d like to talk about.
  • We’ll follow up with information about booking your meetup and how to meet.
  • Meet up and connect! If you like, we’ll send you suggestions on how you can get the conversation started!

Meetups are capped at 4 participants! For that reason, members of Network Connector will be given first priority. If you’re not a member, you can become one by adding your profile here!

ASL interpretation is provided.

Are you ready to expand your network? Our guest artists for August and September are Chris Dodd, Ashley King, and Harmeet Rehal!

An illustrated portrait of Chris Dodd, wearing a bright yellow shirt on a bright pink background.

Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd is a Deaf performing artist, playwright, accessibility advocate and founder and artistic director of SOUND OFF, a theatre festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts! Chris knows a lot about Adaptive Technology having worked with people with disabilities for 20 years to solve challenges through tech. He is the recipient of the Guy Laliberté Prize for innovation and creative leadership by the Canada Council of the Arts and a Governor General Innovation Award finalist!

 Chris will be hosting meetups where you can talk to him about:

  • Building partnerships with Deaf and hard of hearing artists and audiences 
  • Enhancing digital accessibility

Dates you can join a meetup with Chris:

  • August 19 – 1:00pm – 1:50pm ET
  • August 19 – 2:00pm – 2:50pm ET
  • September 9 – 1:00pm – 1:50pm ET 
  • September 16 – 1:00pm – 1:50pm ET

ASL interpretation will be provided.

If you want to support Chris, buy him a coffee! Creative Users Projects will send your coffee contribution to Chris after processing fees.

Buy Chris a coffee: $7
Buy Chris 3 coffees: $15
Buy Chris dinner and a movie: $30
Surprise Chris: Other

Note: As a non-profit, we’re unable to issue tax receipts for donations. Creative Users Projects will collect your donation on behalf of guest artists in the program. 100% of your donation, minus PayPal processing fees, will go directly to the artist.

Illustrated portrait of Ashley King wearing a grey shirt against a bright yellow background

Ashley King

Ashley King is a Mexican Canadian, visually impaired emerging artist based in Calgary. As an Artistic Associate at Inside Out Theatre, she advocates for equal representation, accessibility, and inclusion in the arts. Ashley has a background in acting, writing, and public speaking and is drawn to the art of storytelling through the lens of one’s own lived experiences.

Join a meetup with Ashley and fellow creatives to chat about:

  • Writing your own stage play or screenplay
  • Networking and finding mentors
  • Advocating for your needs within workshops, on stage or in front of the camera
  • Consulting about access
  • Writing grants

You can meet up with Ashley on:

  • July 8 – 3:00pm – 3:50pm ET
  • July 15 – 11:00am – 11:50am ET
  • July 22 – 11:00am – 11:50am ET
  • August 26 – 11:00am -11:50am ET

ASL interpretation will be provided.

If you like what Ashley is doing and want to support her, you can buy her a coffee! See below for options. Creative Users Projects will send your contribution to Ashley after processing fees.

Buy Ashley a coffee: $7
Buy Ashley 3 coffees: $15
Buy Ashley dinner and a movie: $30
Surprise Ashley: Other

Note: As a non-profit, we’re unable to issue tax receipts for donations. Creative Users Projects will collect your donation on behalf of guest artists in the program. 100% of your donation, minus PayPal processing fees, will go directly to the artist.

Illustrated portrait of Harmeet Rehal wearing white with a bright green scarf draped over their shoulders, and holding a pink flower, against a bright yellow background.

Harmeet Rehal

Harmeet is a fat, trans, and disabled, Sikh-Panjabi artist and designer living in Tkaronto otherwise known as Toronto.

Using a disability justice framework in their work, Harmeet makes art that activates senses and feelings of rest, pleasure, and slowness.

When they’re not facilitating workshops on accessible digital design, collaging and textile painting, Harmeet works with the community and provides peer and crisis support.

Join a meetup with Harmeet and fellow creatives to chat about:

  • The intersection of Fatness and Disability in the arts
  • Creating access in our arts practices on a budget/lack of funding
  • Mobilizing mutual aid in Crip art practices

You can meet up with Harmeet on:

  • July 29 – 2:00pm – 2:50pm ET
  • September 16 – 2:00pm – 2:50pm ET

ASL interpretation will be provided.

If you like what Harmeet is doing and want to support them, you can buy them a coffee! See below for options. Creative Users Projects will send your contribution to Harmeet after processing fees.

Buy Harmeet a coffee: $7
Buy Harmeet 3 coffees: $15
Buy Harmeet dinner and a movie: $30
Surprise Harmeet: Other

Note: As a non-profit, we’re unable to issue tax receipts for donations. Creative Users Projects will collect your donation on behalf of guest artists in the program. 100% of your donation, minus PayPal processing fees, will go directly to the artist.


Keep tuned for more guest artists!

Past artists

Illustrated portrait of Anna Camilleri wearing a yellow shirt against a light teal green background.

Anna Camilleri

Anna Camilleri has been working in the realm of performance, image, and text for over 25 years. An interdisciplinary theatre artist and designer, her tactile and sculptural works are primarily expressed through public artwork. Anna is founding Artistic Co-Director of ReDefine Arts, and works within a network of partnerships to create opportunities for art-making, presentation, and mentorship that advance disability justice, collective liberation, and artistic innovation.

Thanks to Anna for being our guest artist in July!

Buy Anna a coffee!

If you like what Anna is doing and want to support her, you can buy her a coffee! See below for options. Creative Users Projects will send your contribution to Anna after processing fees.

Buy Anna a coffee: $7
Buy Anna 3 coffees: $15
Buy Anna dinner and a movie: $30
Surprise Anna: Other

Note: As a non-profit, we’re unable to issue tax receipts for donations. Creative Users Projects will collect your donation on behalf of guest artists in the program. 100% of your donation, minus PayPal processing fees, will go directly to the artist.

An illustrated portrait of Wy-J Kou wearing a red hoodie against a yellow background

Wy-J Kou

Wy Joung Kou is a queer, chronically ill, multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. Their body of work spans mosaic art, poetry, sound, movement, performance, video, and installation. Grounded in a disability justice framework centering accessibility, community and interdependence, their artistic practice is interwoven with personal narratives of grief, care, and intimacy.

Thanks to Wy-J for being our June guest artist! You can continue to support Wy-J by:

Check out Wy-J’s work at www.wyjoungkou.com
Check out Wy-J’s Network Connector profile

Buy Wy-J a coffee!

If you like what Wy-J is doing and want to support them, you can buy them a coffee! See below for options. Creative Users Projects will send your contribution to Wy-J after processing fees.

Buy Wy-J a coffee: $7
Buy Wy-J 3 coffees: $15
Buy Wy-J dinner and a movie: $30
Surprise Wy-J: Other

Note: As a non-profit, we’re unable to issue tax receipts for donations. Creative Users Projects will collect your donation on behalf of guest artists in the program. 100% of your donation, minus PayPal processing fees, will go directly to the artist.

Illustrated portrait of Peter Owusu-Ansah

Peter Owusu-Ansah

Peter is a Deaf visual artist in Toronto, Ontario. In 2009, he zoomed in on one of his artworks and became curious about the wide range of colourful pixels on his computer screen. Using Photoshop as a tool, Peter went on to create large scale compositions that communicate our connection to nature. In 2020, he co-curated Deaf Interiors, an online three-month incubator and exhibition presenting six Deaf Canadian artists. His works are shown around Canada and are privately collected in Toronto, and New York.

Thanks to Peter for being our May guest artist! You can continue to support Peter by:

Follow Peter on Instagram

Buy Peter a coffee!

If you like what Peter is doing and want to support him, you can buy him a coffee! See below for options. Creative Users Projects will send your contribution to Peter after processing fees.

Buy Peter a coffee: $7
Buy Peter 3 coffees: $15
Buy Peter dinner and a movie: $30
Surprise Peter: Other

Note: As a non-profit, we’re unable to issue tax receipts for donations. Creative Users Projects will collect your donation on behalf of guest artists in the program. 100% of your donation, minus PayPal processing fees, will go directly to the artist.