Hi there, this week we’re making digital strategy stew and we hope you’ll join us for dinner:)
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Accessing The Arts: Towards Difference-Centered Design
Our report is now available!

Connector Weekly

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

Digital Strategy Stew

20 bushels of communities
1 lb of a problem to solve
1000 oz of questions
1000 heaping cups of stories
1 dash of design thinking
A few handfuls of prototypes
10 kg of accessible technology
A sprinkle of self doubt
40 lbs of empathy

When I first heard the phrase “Digital Strategy” 6 years ago, I drew a blank - is that just a really swanky website? Or is it those ads in my feed that somehow read my mind?

I might not have known then what the ingredients of a digital strategy project were or how to cook one up, but I knew the world was transforming to digital and I knew Deaf and disability artists needed to be part of that change.

It has been a long time hinting and promising its release (I’m sorry for the wait) but alas, here it is: Accessing the Arts: Towards Difference-Centered Design, a “pre-released” report. In other words, here’s a good chunk of it and there will be more to come!

A shout out of gratitude to our research team Margaret Lam and Rana El Kadi for your big hearts, and your brilliant brains on this important work.

And a special thanks to especially you - for reading our newsletter every week, for following our work, for sharing your stories with us, and for your help shaping the vision for an accessible arts future.

For all of us, yes you too, it has been an enormous journey getting here but if I’ve learned anything about digital strategy, it’s that, no matter how far you think you’ve gone or how much you think you’ve learned, you’ve really only just begun.

You can download the Accessing the Arts report on our website.

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Creative Users News

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Accessing the Arts: Towards Difference-Centered Design report is out!
In case you jumped over the shenanigans above, hold up! We’ve just pre-released our much anticipated digital strategy report - I know, I know, why anyone would get excited at the sound of the word ‘report’ is beyond me but if you’re wondering what the heck a digital strategy project looks like, then this report might just surprise you. Available for download on our website.
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Call for artists to participate in Stories of Access
We’re seeking six neurodiverse artists and artists with developmental disabilities to join us for a workshop series to share stories, and explore what we believe accessibility in the arts should look like! Read more about how to get involved here.

Highlights from the Community

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Featured Event: Cripping the Red Carpet Oscar Pre-Party (April 25th)
The Paul K. Longmore Institute and the Crip Camp Impact campaign are teaming up to kick off Oscar night with a celebration of disability community and culture. Join them on Sunday to learn what the stars of the the film Crip Camp are thinking about the film's Oscar nomination, and join a red carpet dance party featuring all of you in your crip couture* (whether that's rocking your best sweatpants and hoodie or busting out your Hollywood glam), and enjoy a lot of laughs with emcees Maysoon Zayid and Nina G. ASL with Deaf interpreters, CART, Cued Language Transliterator, and live audio description will be provided.
Wheel Voices: Tune In!
Realwheels Theatre invites you to pivot along with them on May 5th and May 14th from live creation to virtual collaboration! Wheel Voices: Tune In! is a mashup of original scenes, rap, spoken word, and choral pieces. Featuring a cast of fourteen community artists, this virtual performance weaves personal stories with anthemic ensembles and passionate monologues – all rooted in the disability experience. Both performances will be followed by a live Q&A with cast and crew. ASL interpretation will be provided on May 5th, and audio description & captioning will be provided on May 14th.
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Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: AI & The Future of Technology
Join Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network this afternoon for a discussion with Damien Patrick Williams and Crystal Lee on disability justice interventions for racism and ableism in AI. What interventions do Disability Justice and the emergent field of crip technoscience (named first by Aimi Hamraie and Kelly Fritsch) make into conversations about AI and the future of technology? Where does “algorithmic fairness” or “algorithmic bias” fall short in addressing racism and ableism? ASL interpretation and CART captioning will be provided.
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Employment Opportunity: Gallery Assistant
Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) is currently seeking a Part-time Gallery Assistant! The Gallery Assistant will work both independently and collaboratively with the CDCC Team, Board of Directors, Programming Committee, and guest curators, artists, and other participants/partners/contributors to implement communications, operations, and support programming initiatives and events. This is a key position for the right person with high potential for growth and an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the organization in collaboration with a passionate, dedicated, and caring team. The deadline to apply is April 27th.
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IBPOC Mental Health Support Database
The Khyber Centre for the Arts has been crowdsourcing and compiling this resource to share information and highlight IBPOC mental health workers and services local to Kjipuktuk/Halifax Regional Municipality. The database was made to highlight a range of local services, programs and IBPOC mental health workers to address the need for culturally competent mental health supports for IBPOC people in our current existing system.
Rendezvous With Madness Festival Calls for Submissions
Workman Arts is seeking submissions for the 2021 Rendezvous With Madness Festival, which is being held in October. Calls for both film/video and exhibitions are open - the deadline to apply is May 7th!
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mapping elsewhere: A Reading by Mariana Muñoz Gomez
On May 6th, the University of Manitoba School of Art Gallery presents mapping elsewhere: A Reading by Mariana Muñoz Gomez, in conjunction with the exhibition cause to become. Mariana Muñoz Gomez will launch her new artist book mapping elsewhere and provide a live reading of the book in full. The book thinks through topics of memory, relation, movement, land, and place, and is rooted in the experiences and visuals stemming from the artist's interactions with the world and people around them. This event will be ASL interpreted. Live captioning will be available.
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The View From Inside #9
May 6th, All Bodies Dance Project and Company 605 present The View From Inside #9, a community improvisation score for Zoom, with live music by Matthew Tomkinson. The View From Inside is an improvised dance score designed to be performed inside of participants' homes. It is an opportunity to witness, perform and be connected to other dancers across the screen, with a simple and playful structure to explore the possibilities of moving together at a distance and the challenge of separating the act of watching from the act of dancing. Registration priority will be given to dancers with disabilities. ASL interpretation is available upon request.
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Audition Call - Istotsi: The Land We Live On
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society is looking for performers from all backgrounds ages 18+ based in Mohkinstsis, also known as Calgary, to join the Acting Company for their upcoming production of Istotsi: The Land We Live On. They are casting fresh young voices, regardless of experience level. Applicants have two options: a video submission (due by May 14th), or a Zoom audition (apply by May 10th).
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Virginia Wolf
Geordie Theatre wraps up their 40th season with the world premiere of Virginia Wolf by playwright Cole Lewis. Inspired by the real-life relationship between author Virginia Woolf and her caregiving sister, this heartwarming play is a poetic telling of what it is to deal with unwanted emotions and reminds us of the importance of patience, support, and love. Visual story available. ASL interpreted performance on May 15th in partnership with Seeing Voices Montreal.
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Call for Applications: Proximity Lab
Project: Humanity has launched Proximity Lab, and they're seeking 4 diverse theatremakers to imagine, discover, and test new “pandemic-proof” methods of presenting to audiences while retaining the ethics of care, compassion, and multiplicity of voice which are central to their practices. The deadline for applications is May 7th.
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Looking for Tiger Lily
Intrepid Theatre presents Looking for Tiger Lily, available to watch on demand May 4th through May 9th. Starring Anthony Hudson – the human vessel for Portland’s premiere drag clown Carla Rossi – Looking for Tiger Lily utilizes song, dance, drag, and video to put a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling. Looking for Tiger Lily is a pre-recorded video and is closed captioned. Don't miss the artist talk with Anthony Hudson, hosted on the Intrepid Theatre Facebook page, which will have real-time captioning (CART) provided.
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Queer Accessible Arts Cabaret
The National AccessArts Centre presents Queer Accessible Arts Cabaret, running for three seasons through 2022. Calgary-based drag personality and multidisciplinary artist Devery Bess has curated a year's worth of accessible arts programming designed to explore the intersections of gender, sexuality, and disability through the elements of contemporary cabaret. ASL interpretation and captioning provided. Participants with other accessibility needs are encouraged to share those with NaAC, so appropriate arrangements can be made to provide those supports. The first season starts May 9th!
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Call for Applications: Executive and Artistic Director
Xenia Concerts is looking for a new Executive and Artistic Director. The ideal candidate is passionate about accessible arts, and will help support their community and help them grow. Xenia Concerts is devoted to creating accessible music and arts events for people and communities who experience barriers at traditional events, including their sensory-friendly concert series that welcomed neurodiverse audience members to enjoy live music in an inclusive and accessible environment. The deadline to apply is May 10th.

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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We acknowledge that inclusion in the arts relies upon listening, communication, and being responsive. We also acknowledge that lived experiences of exclusion, discrimination and oppression are real and unique to each individual. For these reasons, and because we do not organize the events we list, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of information provided, nor can we guarantee the quality of accessibility at events. Our goal is to make accessibility in the arts easy to find, and to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you, the user, can make informed choices based on your needs. Our hope is that, in doing this, we can put inclusion at the forefront of Canada’s arts sector.
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