Hello, 2022! What, pray tell, do you have in store for us this year?

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Connector Weekly

In This Edition
Creative Users News
Highlights from the Community
Accessing the Arts Listings

I’m glad to know I’m not alone when I say this time of year is not my favorite and the arrival of Omicron certainly doesn’t help. Thankfully - and don’t judge me - I had six seasons of Downton Abbey to get me through it. What would we do without endless streaming of suspended disbelief?

It wasn’t all binge-watching on the couch tho. Here are a few goodies I wanted to share that kept me company:

I was thrilled to hear disability artist and painter Riva Lehrer on CBC describing what she calls face hunger. “​​Your face is the theatre that the actor of you performs.“

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End - not exactly the most festive reading but a beautiful and complex collection of stories and research of people’s lives adapting to age, disability and death in a flawed medical culture that focuses on fixing people’s bodies at all costs.

Also, a huge congratulations to our friend David Roche for his recent award of the Order of Canada. I first saw David perform The Church of 80% Sincerity 20 years ago at a small theatre on Granville Island, Vancouver and it was a performance that I believe set me on a trajectory towards finding meaning in my own difference through art and community. Thank you David!

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Creative Users News

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Do you need one-on-one mentorship or advisory support?

To artists!
Do you need help writing grants or preparing an invoice or estimate? Do you want help navigating disability support programs or granting systems? Or maybe you just want to share your work with someone and get advice on how to get your work out there!

To arts workers!
Are you curious about Deaf and disability arts culture and want to learn more? Do you wish you knew more about accessible cultural practice and services? Do you want to expand your audience or collaborate with new artists?
We’re exploring how we might build a mentorship or advisory support program to help artists and arts workers like you access support on topics ranging from grant writing, preparing budgets, ASL interpretation, captioning, audio description to creating accessible online events or learning more about the Deaf and disability arts community!
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Highlights from the Community

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Disabled, crip, d/Deaf, Mad, and Sick people face a lot of barriers and stigma. One way that we deal with these barriers is through rituals. Rituals can be things that we do to create accessibility, mark important moments, or to be in community with others who have similar experiences.

#CripRitual runs January 21st – April 1st at Tangled Art Gallery and the Doris McCarthy Gallery, and online at online at Tangled Art Gallery is in a barrier-free location. Audio description and a guided tour will be available. ASL interpreters, attendant care, and live captioning will be available during public engagements.
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Call for Submissions: AccessCBC
AccessCBC is a national CBC initiative for Deaf and disabled creators developed in partnership with ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto that will provide training, mentorship and, on select projects, financing support to create scripted and documentary screen-based content.

AccessCBC is open to Deaf and/or Disabled creatives who are interested in the media industry. Deadline for submissions is January 26th.
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Artist Talk: The Stories Behind the Photos
Join artist, professional photographer and cookbook author Jules Sherred on January 15th as he delves into the inspiration for the Nourish exhibit at the Cowichan Valley Arts Council gallery and discusses his own journey with food, culture, and disability.

Free event. Live captions and transcripts will be available.
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Realwheels Theatre: Audition Notice
Realwheels Theatre is currently auditioning for two productions. They are seeking 4 actors for the upcoming live-streamed/filmed adaptation of No Exit, directed by Shawn Macdonald. They are also holding auditions for Disability Tour Bus, a new roving, site-specific production with Amy Amantea, Emily Grace Brook, Rena Cohen, Andrew Laurenson and Caspar Ryan.

Submissions for No Exit are due on January 21st. Disability Tour Bus has a rolling deadline to mid-February, and auditions will continue until role is cast.
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Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Join the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Tangled Art + Disability, and Bodies in Translation for a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to increase Wikipedia content on disability arts and artists in Canada. This event will take place virtually from January 20th to January 22nd, with the opportunity to connect in the virtual networking space Gather Town. This edit-a-thon is part of Practicing the Social: Entanglements of Art and Justice.

ASL and live chat options will be provided. Unfortunately, the Gather Town platform is not screen reader friendly. Therefore, access requests for this event can be made through the registration process, so that we have visual access ushers available to support you on your journey through this platform.
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Introduction to Disability Inclusion in Community Arts
This free online workshop, hosted by Artscape Daniels Launchpad and facilitated by Shay Erlich, is aimed at providing foundational knowledge to community arts facilitators and programmers about best practices in including disabled participants in their programming.

January 26th. ASL interpretation will be provided.
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Artist Applications: 2022 Vines Festival
Applications are open for the 2022 Vines Art Festival! Artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at local Vancouver parks are invited to apply. In addition to performances, they are looking for visual artists to create work that can be temporarily installed in parks.

The artist application is available in multiple formats, including ASL. Submissions are accepted in ASL, in writing or in video format and are due  February 1st.
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Your Eyes My Vision Arts Project Coordinator Position
The Victoria Society for Blind Arts & Culture (VSBAC) is seeking an Arts Project Coordinator for the Your Eyes My Vision art project. This project’s goal is to encourage, facilitate and showcase “visual” art created by persons who are blind, through partnerships with sighted facilitators.

The deadline for applications is January 15th.
The End of The End of Time
Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba presents The End of The End of Time, a solo online exhibtion by Marie LeBlanc. Her photography highlights humanity’s relationship to nature in a world threatened by pollution and climate change.
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Symposium: Deconstruction of Being
On January 22nd, Patterns Collective and the  University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery present Deconstruction of Being, a confluence of percipient thoughts on being, with filmmaker Michèle Pearson Clarke, poet Canisia Lubrin, curator Péjú Oshin, and interdisciplinary artist Pamela Woolford.  This event will break down and synthesize notions of individual and collective identity, self-exploration, memory, the body, place, kinship, language amongst other themes.

This event will be facilitated on Zoom, with ASL interpretation. Live captioning will be available.
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Creative Thinking and Moving with Jackie Latendresse
On January 20th, Listen to Dis' Community Arts Organization will be hosting an online dance workshop, Creative Thinking and Moving with Jackie Latendresse, as part of their Visiting Artist Series.

ASL interpretation will be provided.
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Hosting Accessible Events with Amanda Leduc
Join The Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) and author and disability rights advocate Amanda Leduc on January 15th in a discussion and review of some of the key accessibility features of both in-person and virtual spaces. Learn about some important practices and guidelines to keep in mind when hosting your event, whether it’s in-person or virtual or a mixture of both.

Accessing the Arts Listings

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Connector is a newsletter highlighting accessible arts in Canada. In each edition, we connect artists and audiences with different organizations in regions across the country to get the word out about programming that has been curated with different bodies in mind. Our goal is to foreground Canada’s accessible arts culture by getting information out!

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